Security concerns

Scholars discuss privacy and intelligence gathering in the digital age

The trajectory of state intelligence gathering and invasions of privacy made possible by a digital environment were the focus of a session titled “National Security, Privacy, and the Rule of Law,” part of the HLS in the World bicentennial summit which took place at Harvard Law School on Oct. 27.

Through a concrete hypothetical, Harvard Law School Professor Jonathan Zittrain ’95 explored the difficult decisions to be made around these issues with panelists Alex Abdo ’06, senior staff attorney, Knight First Amendment Institute; Cindy Cohn, executive director, Electronic Frontier Foundation; Alexander MacGillivray ’00, general counsel, Twitter; Andrew McLaughlin ’94, co-founder and partner, Higher Ground Labs; Matt Olsen ’88, former director, National Counterterrorism Center; HLS Assistant Professor of Law Daphna Renan; David Sanger, national security correspondent for The New York Times; and Bruce Schneier, security technologist at Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society.

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