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Watson Institute to host conference on NSA

November 26, 2013  |  Media Contact: Courtney Coelho |  401-863-7287
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Experts on issues of intelligence and privacy will come together for two panel discussions on “Big Transparency for the NSA: Perspectives on Spying and Privacy,” on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, at 12:30 p.m. and 2:15 p.m. at the Watson Institute for International Studies, Joukowsky Forum. The event is free and open to the public.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — Two panels of experts representing a range of perspectives will come together for discussions on “Big Transparency for the NSA: Perspectives on Spying and Privacy,” on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, at 12:30 p.m. and 2:15 p.m. Free and open to the public, the event will take place at the Watson Institute for International Studies, Joukowsky Forum, 111 Thayer St.

Hosted by Watson Institute visiting scholar Timothy Edgar, a civil liberties lawyer who has worked both for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Bush and Obama administrations, the conference will examine the continuing explosive revelations about the American intelligence community’s global operations and the resulting crisis in public trust and confidence. It will also explore the equally historic, if less discussed, shift toward transparency that the government’s defense of these operations has involved, including significantly lifting the veil on the secret FISA court and releasing detailed information about the intelligence community’s privacy and compliance regime that was previously classified at the highest levels.

The discussions will explore themes from a wide range of perspectives, represented by panelists from the ACLU and the NSA, as well as lifelong openness advocates and journalists from the New York Times, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal.

More information, including a link to a live webcast of the conference, is available on the Watson website. Space is limited, so advance registration is encouraged by e-mailing watsonevents@brown.edu.

Who
Panel 1: Privacy and Transparency, Inside and Out
•  Timothy Edgar, Watson Institute visiting scholar (host)
•  John DeLong, chief compliance officer, National Security Agency (NSA)
•  Jameel Jaffer, deputy legal director, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
•  Alexander W. Joel, civil liberties protection officer, Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI)
•  Steven Aftergood, Federation of Atomic Scientists (FAS), publisher of Secrecy News

Panel 2: Transparency - What Good Is It?
•  Timothy Edgar, Watson Institute visiting scholar (host)
•  Charlie Savage, The New York Times
•  Ellen Nakashima, The Washington Post
•  Siobhan Gorman, The Wall Street Journal

What
“Big Transparency for the NSA: Perspectives on Spying and Privacy,” a two-panel conference that will bring together various perspectives from experts on intelligence and privacy

When
Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013
Panel One begins at 12:30 p.m.
Panel Two begins at 2:15 p.m.
Registration: watsonevents@brown.edu

Where
Watson Insitute for International Studies
Joukowsky Forum
111 Thayer Street

Editors: Brown University has a fiber link television studio available for domestic and international live and taped interviews, and maintains an ISDN line for radio interviews. For more information, call (401) 863-2476.