In 2013, Edward Snowden leaked top secret documents detailing America’s mass-surveillance network, and ever since people have asked themselves, “What can we do about this?” In Beyond Snowden, Timothy Edgar argues that this mass-surveillance network poses a great threat to the privacy of everyone in the world, but that it can be run consistently with democratic values after serious reform. Transparency, accountability, and human rights protections are among the reforms needed for surveillance to be effective while preserving people’s privacy. Join us at the beautiful location of our hosts, McDermott, Will & Emery, for a stimulating conversation with Timothy Edgar on why mass-surveillance reform must take place and how it can work in this increasingly global and digital world.
Timothy H. Edgar is Senior Fellow at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown University and serves as the Academic Director for Law and Policy in Brown’s Executive Master of Cybersecurity program. In the past, Edgar defended privacy as a lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union and as the deputy for civil liberties under the Bush administration’s Director of National Intelligence. Edgar then advised the National Security Council under Obama on cyber-security policy before leaving for Brown University in 2013.