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    Events of Interest: Day of Panel Discussions on Big Data at Georgetown Law (Feb. 27)

    The Journal of National Security Law & Policy and the Georgetown Center on National Security and the Law are co-sponsoring a day of discussion panels at Georgetown University Law Center on Wednesday, Feb. 27. RSVP to: Here’s more on “Swimming in the Ocean of Big Data: National Security in an Age of Unlimited Information”:

    Big Data is transforming national security capabilities. Despite massive data-storage capacity and sophisticated analytical tools for processing data from myriad sensors, the rate of data collection is outstripping our ability to analyze it. Compounding this challenge is an outdated and piecemeal legal and policy framework governing how data is collected, stored, shared, and used. “Swimming in the Ocean of Big Data” will demystify Big Data, address its challenges and potential, and chart a legal and policy framework for an evolving technology.

    Denise Bell, Journal of National Security Law & Policy, Senior Symposium Editor
    Dean William Treanor, Georgetown University Law Center
    William Banks, Journal of National Security Law & Policy Editor-in-Chief & Professor of Law, Syracuse University

    Panel 1: Mapping the Ocean: The Fundamentals, Challenges, and Applications of Big Data
    The sheer amount and ever-increasing sophistication of information have overwhelmed systems to store, share, and analyze data. How can the ocean of data be turned into actionable intelligence? How can we harness transformational technology for national security while protecting privacy in a society where people both willingly and unknowingly build large individual databases about themselves?

    Professor Julie Cohen, Moderator, Georgetown University Law Center
    Ari Gesher, Senior Software Engineer, Palantir Technologies
    Professor Sean Fahey, DHS Programs Manager, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab
    Professor Daniel Weitzner, Director, MIT CSAIL Decentralized Information Group & Policy Director for Technology and Society, World Wide Web Consortium

    Panel 2: Building Sturdy Harbors: A Forward-Looking Law and Policy Framework for Big Data
    What legal and policy framework should be applied to the privacy, civil liberties, and national security issues raised by Big Data collection, storage, sharing, and analysis? Does current law and policy adequately address these concerns? Moving forward, how will and how should law and policy catch up to govern emerging technologies?

    Professor Laura Donohue, Moderator, Georgetown University Law Center
    Professor Jennifer Granick, Stanford Law School, Center for Internet and Society
    Alex Joel, Civil Liberties Protection Officer, Office of the Director of National Intelligence
    Paul Ohm, Senior Policy Advisor, Federal Trade Commission & Professor of Law, University of Colorado

    Keynote Address
    The Honorable Rajesh De, General Counsel, National Security Agency

    Panel 3: Charting the Future: What to Expect from Big Data
    A solution-oriented roundtable discussion, this panel will feature a case study of a Big Data application under development, followed by a discussion of the legal and policy protections that should be in place to extract value from that application while mitigating the risks associated with its research, national security, and commercial use.

    Professor Stephen Vladeck, Moderator, American University, Washington College of Law
    Mary Ellen Callahan, Partner, Jenner & Block
    Elisebeth Cook, Privacy & Civil Liberties Oversight Board and Counsel at WilmerHale
    John Grant, Civil Liberties Engineer, Palantir Technologies
    Greg Nojeim, Senior Counsel, Center for Democracy & Technology
    Robert O’Harrow, Investigative Reporter, The Washington Post

    Date: Wednesday, February 27, 2013, 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. ET
    Location: Georgetown University Law Center, Gewirz Student Center, 12th Floor; 120 F St. NW; Washington, DC 20001
    For more information: Contact the Journal of National Security Law & Policy at

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