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The Mellon Sawyer Seminar on Surveillance Democracies is delighted to present today’s speaker: Ben Wizner, Counsel for whistleblower Edward Snowden, from the ACLU.

Democracy in an Era of Mass Surveillance

Ben Wizner | Counsel for Edward Snowden

Director of the Speech, Privacy & Technology Project | American Civil Liberty Union

UC Davis School of Law, King Hall Rm 1301

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM | Lunch Provided

Abstract: The lecture will address the challenges that mass surveillance poses to free societies; the ways in which surveillance technologies have outpaced democratic controls; and the potential for effective oversight following Edward Snowden’s revelations.

Bio: Ben Wizner is Director of the American Civil Liberty Union’s Speech, Privacy & Technology Project, which is dedicated to protecting and expanding the First Amendment freedoms of expression, association, and inquiry; expanding the right to privacy and increasing the control that individuals have over their personal information; and ensuring that civil liberties are enhanced rather than compromised by new advances in science and technology. He has litigated numerous cases involving post-9/11 civil liberties abuses, including challenges to airport security policies, government watchlists, extraordinary rendition, and torture. He has appeared regularly in the media, testified before Congress, and traveled several times to Guantánamo Bay to monitor military commission proceedings. Ben is a graduate of Harvard College and New York University School of Law and was a law clerk to the Hon. Stephen Reinhardt of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.

UPCOMING EVENTS

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Surveillance after Snowden: How Much Has Changed?

Shane Kadidal | U.S. Counsel for WikiLeaks Publisher Julian Assange & Senior Managing Attorney

Center for Constitutional Rights

Location: UC Davis School of Law, King Hall Rm 1301

Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Abstract: It has been nearly three years since Edward Snowden’s disclosures revealed the massive scope of our government’s bulk surveillance of global telecommunications. The first document to be published from Snowden’s trove showed that the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court had ordered Verizon to turn over logs of all calls made to and from its customers. Of the many bulk surveillance programs Snowden brought to light, this “phone records” program has continued to attract the most attention, in part because its features – surveillance of everyone in a well-defined set of American customers, under an identified statutory authority (section 215 of the PATRIOT Act) – were tailor-made to be challenged in court. Two such challenges were successful and provoked, after years of vigorous debate, a piece of reform legislation: last summer’s USA Freedom Act, which nominally shut down the phone records program four months ago. But how much has really changed? Notwithstanding some amount of hysteria about the reforms during primary season, this presentation will argue that next to nothing has changed (either last summer or during the preceding decade), that the scope of mass content and metadata surveillance remains nearly unbounded, and that the focus of civil libertarians ought to be on self-help given the limited possibilities for legislatively or judicially led reform.

Bio: Shayana Kadidal is a Senior Managing Attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights, where he has worked on several significant cases arising in the wake of 9/11, including the Center’s challenges to the indefinite detention of men at Guantánamo and domestic immigration sweeps. He has been counsel in major CCR cases, including Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project, United States of America and Vulcan Society, Inc. v. City of New York, and legal challenges to the NSA’s warrantless surveillance program. Along with others at the Center for Constitutional Rights, he currently serves as U.S. counsel to WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange in connection with potential Espionage Act charges, extradition, and the funding embargo. In 2012, he led litigation on behalf of several journalists that ultimately resulted in public release of over 550 previously-withheld documents during the court-martial of Chelsea Manning. He is a graduate of Yale Law School and a former law clerk to Judge Kermit Lipez of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Kadidal has been interviewed on major news outlets, including CNN, NPR, MSNBC, Al Jazeera, and CBS, among others.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Comparative Contractual Privacy Law: the U.S. and EU

Paul Schwartz | Jefferson E. Peyser Professor of Law

Berkeley Law School

Location: UC Davis School of Law, King Hall Rm 1301

Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Wednesday, March 9. 2016

How Anonymous (Narrowly) Evaded the Cyberterrorism Rhetorical Machine

Gabriella Coleman | Wolfe Chair in Scientific and Technological Literacy

McGill University

Location: UC Davis School of Law, King Hall Rm 1301

Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Great Exploitations: Data Mining, Technological Determinism and the NSA

Matthew L. Jones | James R. Barker Professor of Contemporary Civilization

Columbia University

Location: UC Davis School of Law, King Hall Rm 1301

Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Angry Eyes: the God-Trick and Geographies of Militarized Vision

Derek Gregory | Peter Wall Distinguished Professor

University of British Columbia in Vancouver

Location: UC Davis School of Law, King Hall Rm 1301

Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Paper-thin Safeguards and Surveillance in India

Chinmayi Arun | Research Director, Centre for Communication Governance

National Law University, Delhi

Location: UC Davis School of Law, King Hall Rm 1301

Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

American Spies: Modern Surveillance Under U.S. Law

Jennifer Granick | Director of Civil Liberties

Stanford Center for Internet & Society

Location: UC Davis School of Law, King Hall Rm 1301

Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

You Are a Hedge Fund

Kim Stanley Robinson | American Writer, Author of the Mars Trilogy

Location: UC Davis School of Law, King Hall Rm 1301

Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

All best,

Uyen

Uyen P. Le

Mellon Sawyer Postdoctoral Fellow, Seminar on Surveillance Democracies

University of California, Davis School of Law

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