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Interactive: March 13–17  •  Film: March 13–21  •  Music: March 17–22

Beyond Privacy: Surveillance's Threat To Liberty

Saturday, March 14
5:00PM - 6:00PM

JW Marriott
Salon 4
110 E 2nd St

Once we could live lives of practical obscurity. No longer. Conveniences of modern life–from smartphones to smoke detectors–have become digital informants, giving governments and corporations detailed information about us.

The problem is often framed as one of privacy. But that doesn’t come close to capturing what’s threatened by the explosion of data and the zeal with which it’s collected, stored and analyzed. Free speech, security and equality are just a few of the values imperiled by mass surveillance.

But the situation isn’t hopeless. There’s nothing inevitable about technology overpowering liberty, and there are solutions–legal, regulatory and technological–to help us regain control over our data and our lives.

Join Ben Wizner, director of the ACLU’s Speech, Privacy, and Technology project and legal advisor to Edward Snowden, for a conversation with Bruce Schneier, the country’s leading public interest technologist, about the world we’re creating and how we can fight back.


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Ben Wizner

Dir, Speech, Privacy, & Technology


Ben Wizner is director of the ACLU Speech, Privacy & Technology Project, which is dedicated to protecting and expanding the First Amendment freedoms of expression, association, and inquiry; expandi...

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Bruce Schneier

Chief Technology Officer

Co3 Systems Inc

Bruce Schneier is an internationally renowned security technologist, called a "security guru" by The Economist. He is the author of 12 books -- including Liars and Outliers: Enabling the Trust Soci...

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