Sidebar Mini-conference on NSA bulk metadata collection
On Friday, Nov. 4, the I/S journal and the Program on Data and Governance will host NSA Bulk Metadata Collection: Evaluating Privacy Through the Lens of Contextual Integrity from noon to 3:30 p.m. in Drinko Hall Room 352. The event will feature a keynote presentation and two panel discussions.
In May, 2013, Edward Snowden, a former contractor employee with the National Security Agency (NSA), provided journalists with unauthorized access to extensive details of NSA warrantless domestic surveillance programs that had started during the George W. Bush Administration. One previously secret program, started in 2006, involved the bulk collection of telephone metadata. Such information includes the numbers at which phone calls originate and terminate, the identity of the communications devices involved, the telephone lines used, and the time and duration of each call. The NSA defended its practice, in part, on the ground that, because the agency was not intercepting the actual contents of each phone call, the gathering of metadata allegedly posed no threat to privacy.
The program is free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided to advance registrants. Register here.