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    Events of Interest: DHS Data Privacy Committee Meeting (Sept. 22)

    Thursday, September 4th, 2014

    The Department of Homeland Security’s Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee will hold a public meeting on September 22, 2014. The meeting will discuss DHS cybersecurity as well as the implementation of the DHS data framework. RSVP by sending an e-mail to:

    Date: Monday, September 22, 2014 at 2 p.m. ET
    Location: 1331 F Street, NW, Suite 800; Washington, DC 20004
    For more information:

    Events of Interest: Privacy Principles in the Era of Massive Data (April 22)

    Monday, April 21st, 2014

    The McCourt School of Public Policy and Georgetown University Law Center are hosting a panel discussion, “Privacy Principles in the Era of Massive Data.” There will be a keynote address by Federal Trade Commissioner Maureen Ohlhausen. The panelists are: Edward Montgomery, Dean, McCourt School of Public Policy; Julie Cohen, Georgetown Law; Robert Groves, Provost, Georgetown University; Benjamin Wittes, Brookings Institution; andChris Wolf, Hogan Lovells / Future of Privacy Forum.

    Date: Tuesday, April 22, 2014, from 10:00 a.m. to noon EDT
    Location: Georgetown University Law Center, Hart Auditorium; 600 New Jersey Avenue NW; Washington, DC 20001

    Events of Interest: Panels on Privacy and Surveillance at SXSW Interactive Festival (March 7 to 11)

    Thursday, February 27th, 2014

    The South By Southwest Interactive Festival announced that it will host several discussions on surveillance and privacy, including one with Glenn Greenwald, the journalist who worked with former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden to reveal surveillance programs by the agency, another with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, a session called “After Snowden: Privacy, Surveillance, & the NSA,” and “Snowden 2.0: A Field Report From the NSA Archives.”

    Date: March 7 to March 11
    Location:  Austin Convention Center, 500 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX
    For more information:

    Happy International Data Privacy Day 2014

    Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

    International Data Privacy Day is today. Take the time to think about how privacy is important in your life and how you can protect your rights from being infringed upon. Please also take the time to donate to any number of organizations out there trying to protect your privacy rights. Visit the official site to find events near your area.

    Events of Interest: Panel Discussion on Fusion Centers (Dec. 11)

    Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

    The Cato Institute is hosting a panel discussion about local surveillance programs known as fusion centers, “Who’s Watching Little Brother? Local Surveillance, National Concerns.” Here’s more:

    Americans have been stunned by revelations that the National Security Agency is collecting vast troves of information about ordinary citizens. But the NSA is only part of the surveillance story. Since the attacks of September 11, 2001, state and local police have formed data “fusion centers” across the country and partnered with the federal intelligence community to share a wide array of personal information in an effort to detect and prevent terrorism. New research, however, finds that this system of data gathering and sharing produces mountains of data with little or no counterterrorism value, operates under vague and inconsistent rules with little oversight or accountability, and could hinder the investigation of actual criminal or terrorism activity. Join us for a panel discussion with leading scholars on privacy and national security. Does federal support for fusion centers and suspicious activity reporting make sense? What can be done to mitigate the risks they pose to civil liberties, to prevent waste, and to improve oversight?

    Featuring Mike German, Senior Policy Counsel, American Civil Liberties Union; Eileen Larence, Director of Homeland Security and Justice Issues, Government Accountability Office; Michael Price, Counsel, Liberty & National Security Program, Brennan Center for Justice; and Jim Harper, Director of Information Policy Studies, Cato Institute. Moderated by Adam Goldman, Reporter, Washington Post.

    There will be a live video stream of the event.

    Date: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 9:30 a.m.
    Location: Cato Institute, 1000 Massachusetts Ave. NW; Washington, DC 20001-5403
    For more information:

    Events of Interest: Panel Discussion on Government Surveillance of Americans (Dec. 5)

    Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

    The Center for Public Scholarship at the New School is hosting a panel discussion on surveillance of Americans and foreign nationals by the U.S. government. Here’s more on the panelists:

    James Bamford is a journalist who reports on U.S. intelligence agencies and author of three books on the NSA, includingThe Shadow Factory: The Ultra-Secret NSA from 9/11 to the Eavesdropping on America.

    Jameel Jaffer is an ACLU deputy legal director and director of the ACLU’s Center for Democracy, which houses the organization’s National Security Project, Human Rights Program, and Speech, Privacy & Technology Project

    Rachel Levinson-Waldman, Counsel, Liberty and National Security Program, Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law School

    Moderator: Kenneth Roth is Executive Director of Human Rights Watch. He has written extensively on a wide range of human rights abuses and recently wrote a piece for the New York Review of Books on “Rethinking Surveillance.”

    Date: Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 6:00 p.m.
    Location: The New School, John Tishman Auditorium, 66 West 12th Street, New York
    For more information and to register: