FAIA: NSA Surveillance and Foreign Affairs

Thursday, September 19, 2013 - 12:00pm
Yale Law School See map
127 Wall Street
New Haven, CT 06520

The panel will address the effects of this summer's NSA leaks on U.S. foreign relations.  It is presented by Foreign Affairs in the Internet Age (FAIA), and hosted by the Information Society Project. Professor Jack Balkin will moderate.

The panel will feature open discussion between the panelists, on the following topics and more: how the scope of NSA surveillance has affected the position of the United States internationally; whether privacy is necessary for foreign relations; whether state secrecy is necessary for foreign relations; whether privacy means different things in different countries; and whether the disclosures change conceptions of how the Internet should be governed.


This event is made possible by sponsorship from the Oscar M. Ruebhausen Fund and the Carnegie Corporation.

This event is open to the public, including all Yale Law School faculty and students.

Barton Gellman: Barton Gellman is author of the bestselling Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency, contributing Editor at Large at Time magazine and Lecturer and Author in Residence at Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School. Until early 2010, he was a special projects reporter at The Washington Post, following tours that covered diplomacy, the Middle East, the Pentagon, and the D.C. superior court. His series on Dick Cheney, with partner Jo Becker, won a 2008 Pulitzer Prize, a George Polk Award, and the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting. Gellman also shared a Pulitzer for national reporting in 2002, and his work has been honored by the Overseas Press Club, the Society of Professional Journalists, and the American Society of Newspaper Editors. Gellman graduated with highest honors from Princeton University and earned a master's degree in politics at University College, Oxford, as a Rhodes Scholar. 

Caspar Bowden: Caspar Bowden is an independent advocate for informational privacy rights, and the public understanding of privacy research in computer science. He is a specialist in EU Data Protection, European and US surveillance law, PET research, identity management, and information ethics. He co-authored the 2012 report to  the European Parliament on Cloud computing, which anticipated risks to EU data sovereignty from "PRISM". For nine years he was Chief Privacy Adviser for Microsoft for forty countries, and previously co-founded and was first director of the Foundation for Information Policy Research (www.fipr.org). He was an expert adviser for UK Parliamentary legislation, and co-organized six public conferences on encryption, data retention, and interception policy. He has previous careers in financial engineering and risk management, and software engineering (systems, 3D games, applied cryptography), including work with Goldman Sachs, Microsoft Consulting Services, Acorn, Research Machines, and IBM. He founded the Award for Outstanding Research in Privacy Enhancing Technologies, is a fellow of the British Computer Society, and a member of the advisory bodies of several civil society associations.

Amie Stepanovich: Amie Stepanovich is the Director of EPIC's Domestic Surveillance Project. Her work encompasses the Fourth Amendment, national security, cybersecurity, digital identity, international privacy, and open government. Ms. Stepanovich is an expert on drone surveillance and has testified in front of Congress on the need for privacy protections for domestic drone use. She has discussed the privacy implications of surveillance at many prominent events, including the Internet Governance Forum (US), the General Assembly of the Atlantic Treaty Association, and the Dialouge on Diversity conference.

Warren Strobel: Warren Strobel is the Diplomatic Editor in Reuters’ Washington bureau, where he reports and edits enterprise stories and projects on a broad range of foreign policy and national security issues. Strobel, who has reported from nearly 100 countries, including Iraq, Afghanistan and Iran, was previously senior foreign affairs correspondent for McClatchy Newspapers. In that capacity, he was part of an award-winning team that, prior to the 2003 Iraq War, consistently questioned the George W. Bush’s administration use of intelligence and its case for war.  Strobel, who lives in Annapolis, MD, is author of Late-Breaking Foreign Policy, a study of the news media’s influence on US foreign policy. 

Moderator: Professor Jack BalkinKnight Professor of Constitutional Law and the First Amendment

Foreign Affairs in the Internet Age