Wednesday, April 17th
Continental Breakfast Mezzanine Lobby
Opening Speaker: James Bamford Grand Ballroom
James Bamford is the author of The Puzzle Palace, a national bestseller when it was first published and now regarded as a classic. He was until recently Washington Investigative Producer for ABC's World News Tonight with Peter Jennings and has written investigative cover stories for the New York Times Magazine, theWashington Post Magazine, and the Los Angeles Times Magazine. He lives in Washington, D.C.
Praise for James Bamford's first examination of the National Security Agency, The Puzzle Palace:
There have been glimpses inside the NSA before, but until now no one has published a comprehensive and detailed report on the agency Mr. Bamford has emerged with everything except the combination to the director's safe. - New York Times Book Review
Plenary Session #1: National ID Card: The Next Generation Grand Ballroom
With anti-terrorist proposals abounding on
Capitol Hill, it is no surprise that issues over tighter security and tracking systems are once again brought to the fore. But are national identification cards with built-in biometric technology an answer? Is such a move feasible? Proponents argue that digitizing the nation's social security card system to resemble a credit card one and creating one national information database are needed to protect against terrorism. Critics argue that such a tracking and/or monitoring system would violate the core freedoms of the nation's citizens and that what is needed is better procedures among agencies and standardization of data entry.
Moderator: Peter Swire, Visiting Professor Of Law, George Washington University Law School
Plenary Session #2: Truth is the First Casualty of War - Availability of Information Post 9/11 Grand Ballroom
Truth is the first casualty of war. This panel will discuss the attempts to restrict public access to information after the 9/11 attacks. Topics include the Department of Justice's new policy to resist Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, the possible creation of new exemptions to FOIA to aid cyber-security, and both governmental and private decisions to take information off of the Internet. The panel will discuss the legality of these acts and the short term and long term ramifications of the restriction of public access to formerly public information.
Moderator: Kevin Poulsen, SecurityFocus
Luncheon Keynote: US Federal Trade Commission Chairman Timothy J. Muris El Dorado Room
Timothy J. Muris was sworn in June 4, 2001 as Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission. President George W. Bush named Muris, a Republican, on April 26, 2001 and he was confirmed by the Senate on May 25, 2001. Muris, 51, is the Commission's 55th Chairman.
Muris has held three previous positions at the Commission: Assistant Director of the Planning Office (1974-1976), Director of the Bureau of Consumer Protection (1981-1983), and Director of the Bureau of Competition (1983-1985).
After leaving the FTC in 1985, Muris served with the Executive Office of the President, Office of Management and Budget for three years, and afterward as Of Counsel with the law firm of Collier, Shannon, Rill & Scott (1992-2000) and Howrey, Simon, Arnold & White (2000-2001). Muris joined George Mason University School of Law as a Foundation Professor in 1988 and was interim dean of the law school from 1996 to 1997.
Muris graduated with high honors from San Diego State University in 1971 and received his J.D. from UCLA in 1974. He was awarded Order of the Coif and was associate editor of the UCLA Law Review. A member of the American Bar Association's Antitrust Section, Muris has written widely on antitrust, consumer protection, regulatory, and budget issues. In 1981, he served as the Deputy Counsel to the Presidential Task Force on Regulatory Relief.
Plenary Session #3: PATRIOT and Privacy Grand Ballroom
There is general agreement that the passage of the USA/PATRIOT Act Congress' will significantly alter the way that law enforcement monitors communications, particularly on the Internet. Privacy advocates have argued that these new powers endanger the privacy rights of innocent citizens. Law enforcement argues that these tools are necessary to catch terrorists. Was this the proper balance and what will it mean for the future?
Moderator: Tim Lordan, Internet Education Foundation
Plenary Session #4: Biometrics Face-Off: Can Biometrics Systems Promise Better Security without Destroying Privacy and Civil Rights? Grand Ballroom
Biometrics identification systems are being touted as one of the best methods for identifying terrorists and preventing future attacks. But what exactly are the capabilities of these systems? Are some biometrics systems more reliable than others? And where will the use of these technologies stop? Can they be controlled? The panel will also include demonstrations of cutting-edge biometric technologies.
Moderator: Deborah Pierce, Privacyactivism.org
Dinner Keynote: California Attorney General Bill Lockyer El Dorado Room
Welcome to San Francisco: Tiffany Shlain, Webby Awards
Introduction: Stratton Sclavos, President and CEO, Verisign
Bill Lockyer is California's 30th Attorney General. He was elected in November 1998 and assumed this statewide office in January of 1999.
A veteran legislator, he was first elected to the State Assembly in 1973 to represent the East San Francisco Bay Area. He moved to the Senate in 1982. Twelve years later, in 1994, he was elected President Pro Tem of the California Senate by his fellow Senators. He served previously as Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee for nine years, overseeing numerous bills on judicial administration and civil and criminal law.
A native of Oakland, Mr. Lockyer is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and received a secondary teaching credential from California State University at Hayward. He was awarded his law degree from McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento while serving in the Senate.
Mr. Lockyer was named "Legislator of the Year" in 1996 by the California Planning and Conservation League for work on environmental protection. He received the same honor from the California Journal in 1997 for all-around legislative excellence. As a Senator, Mr. Lockyer was instrumental in passage of hundreds of laws toughening California criminal laws, protecting civil rights, enacting tax reforms and enhancing education quality and school safety.
Birds of a Feather Sessions (BoFs) Locations to Be Determined
- State Wiretap and Surveillance Laws - Peter Swire, Visiting Professor Of Law, George Washington University Law School - BoF Leader
- Employee Privacy - Andrew Schulman, Privacy Foundation - BoF Leader
- Public Records Issues: Privacy, Anonymity and Obscurity in a Democracy - Vince Keenan, Publius - BoF Leader
- 'Last-Mile' Broadband Issues Roundtable - Myles Losch, ACM SIGGRAPH Public Policy Program - BoF Leader
- Current Issues in 9th Circuit Internet Defamation and Invasion of Privacy Litigation - Ellen L. Batzel, Batzel Palm-Leis - BoF Leader
- CPSR Get Together - Susan Evoy, Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility - BoF Leader
- The Future of Anonymous Remailers - Len Sassaman, Mixmaster - BoF Leader