nationalsecuritylaw NSA conference at UT this week: “The National Security Agency at the Crossroads,” April 3-4

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Live Streaming Available:
The National Security Agency at the Crossroads

Thursday & Friday, April 3-4, 2014

Interested in the legal, policy, and technological environments in which the NSA operates but not going to be in Austin, Texas this week to attend "The National Security Agency at the Crossroads" conference? The Strauss Center and Clements Center are thrilled to announce that we will be live streaming all public sessions of this conference. More information on how to access the live stream can be found by clicking here. The IP address will begin streaming the conference at 8:50am this Thursday, April 4th.

Below is the final agenda and list of speakers for this week’s conference. More information is available on the conference webpage. We hope you’ll tune in!


Wednesday April 2 [invitation only]

7:00-8:30 Preconference Reception and Dinner [invitation only]
8:30-9:30 Evening Address [invitation only]
Speaker: Chris Inglis (NSA Deputy Director, 2006-Jan. 2014)

Thursday April 3

8:30-8:50 Conference Check-in
8:50-9:00 Welcome Remarks
Speaker: Bobby Chesney (UT)
9:00-9:45 Opening Address
Speaker: Admiral Bobby R. Inman (USN, Ret.; NSA Director, 1977-1981)
9:45-10:45 Session 1: The Role of Media
Moderator: Benjamin Wittes (Brookings Institution)
Participants: Siobhan Gorman (Wall Street Journal)
Shane Harris (Foreign Policy)
Ellen Nakashima (Washington Post)
10:45-11:00 Break
11:00-12:00 Session 2: NSA in Historical and Diplomatic Perspective
Moderator: Jeremi Suri (UT)
Participants: Susan Landau (Author, Surveillance or Security?)
Kristen Silverberg (Former U.S. Ambassador to the EU)
James Simon (Former Assistant DCI for Administration)
12:15-1:30 Lunchtime Address
Speaker: Bruce Schneier (Berkman Center, Harvard Law School)

1:45-2:45 Session 3: The 21st Century Fourth Amendment
Moderator: Ahmed Ghappour (UT)
Participants: Hanni Fakhoury (Electronic Frontier Foundation)
Benjamin Powell (Fmr. General Counsel, Office of the DNI)
2:45-3:45 Session 4: The Metadata Debate
Moderator: Bobby Chesney (UT)
Participants: Steven Bradbury (Fmr. Acting Asst. AG, Office of Legal Counsel)
Jennifer Daskal (American University)
3:45-4:00 Break
4:00-5:00 Session 5: The Content Collection Controversy
Moderator: Bobby Chesney (UT)
Participants: Timothy Edgar (Brown University)
Jennifer Granick (Stanford University)

7:00-9:00 Dinner, Featuring a Conversation with NSA General Counsel Raj De [invitation only]

Friday April 4
All sessions to be held in Classroom 203 at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center.

8:30-9:00 Check-in
9:00-10:00 Session 6: A Roundtable Discussion on the Compliance Program and Oversight Framework
Moderator: Ahmed Ghappour (UT)
Speakers: John DeLong (NSA, Director of Compliance)
Alexander Joel (Civil Liberties Protection Officer, Office of the DNI)
Margo Schlanger (University of Michigan)
10:00-10:15 Break
10:15-11:45 Session 7: The Prospects for Reform
Moderator: Bobby Chesney (UT)
Participants: Carrie Cordero (Georgetown)

Julian Sanchez (Cato)

For more details visit the conference jessica.mahoney or (512) 471-8327.

The Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law at the University of Texas at Austin was founded to fulfill the legacy of its remarkable namesake by bridging the divides between academia, government, and the private sector and by integrating an array of disciplines, including law, history, political science, technology, and economics. It does so in service of its mission to develop non-partisan, policy-relevant insights and solutions for the most pressing international security challenges of the 21st century.

The William P. Clements Jr. Center for History, Strategy & Statecraft at the University of Texas at Austin seeks to bring the insights of the past to national security policy through teaching and research at the intersection of history, strategy, and statecraft. It is a non-partisan center whose primary focus is on the uses of history by national security leaders and scholars, and its larger hope is to produce insights and habits that can help other leaders in the private sector, and help strengthen citizenship more broadly. It is committed to policy-relevant scholarship that addresses the most important strategic issues facing our nation today and in the coming decades. The Clements Center will honor the legacy of its namesake and bequeath it to the next generation of leaders.

This conference is part of the Intelligence Studies Project, a joint initiative of the Clements and Strauss Centers that seeks to improve understanding of the U.S. Government’s Intelligence Community and similar institutions in service of other states—and, in some instances, in service of no state at all.

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