This week, on June 4 and 5, Brookings hosts two public events, both of which will be webcast live, on the National Security Agency debate one year after Edward Snowden’s NSA revelations.
In Part One: The International Implications, on June 4, the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence hosts two panel discussions to explore the continued effects of Snowden’s disclosures. The first panel will address the regional reactions to the NSA revelations and what, if any, repercussions they may have for American diplomacy, soft power and trust. The second panel discussion will focus on how the leaks have influenced Internet governance, trade and the intelligence community and what those consequences may mean for the future international order. Brookings Senior Fellow Peter W. Singer will moderate both sessions.
In Part Two: The Future of U.S. Surveillance Authorities, on June 5 (the anniversary of the Snowden disclosures), Governance Studies at Brookings will hold a debate on the future of U.S. intelligence collection authorities. The resolution is “U.S. surveillance authorities require fundamental reform.” Arguing in favor are Jameel Jaffer of the ACLU and Julian Sanchez of the CATO Institute. Arguing in opposition are John “Chris” Inglis, former NSA deputy director, and Carrie Cordero, director of national security studies at Georgetown Law. Brookings Senior Fellow Benjamin Wittes will moderate the event.
The event series is also part of an ongoing research agenda that examines the domestic and international dimensions of how new technology, security and privacy intersect.
The intelligence community certainly can be wrong about these kinds of things, and you do want to take everything with a certain amount of skepticism. That said, it seems like in this case [of the Russian election hacking], they’ve found the tracks—that’s kind of the nice thing about cyber, as best as I understand it, is you can actually go back and see the keystrokes … which was not something that we had in Iraq.