2015 Schedule
Interactive: March 13–17  •  Film: March 13–21  •  Music: March 17–22

Government Surveillance: How You Can Change It

Saturday, March 14
3:30PM - 4:30PM

Austin Convention Center
Room 9ABC
Austin Convention Center

Governments have a duty to protect their citizens, but recent disclosures about Americas surveillance practice's worldwide highlighted a need for reform. The balance in too many countries has tipped too far in favor of the state and away from the rights of the individual - rights that are enshrined in our Constitution. We have seen a lot of change in attitude, but is it enough to restore trust among users and confidence of citizens around the world? The panel will discuss the need for the technology community to push reform. While efforts are underway, the PATRIOT Act must be reauthorized by May 2015. Learn what we must reform to protect the Internet and privacy rights.


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Ben Young

VP, General Counsel

Peer 1 Hosting

Ben Young is General Legal Counsel at Peer 1 Hosting, where he defends, protects and enforces Peer 1’s legal and business interests, advising and supporting each business unit across the company. B...

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Christian Dawson


Internet Infrastructure Coalition

Christian Dawson is Chief Operating Officer of web hosting provider ServInt In his current role, he is responsible for the overall management of ServInt's business operations. He was a founder of t...

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Ellen Dargie

Counsel/Congressman Issa

US House of Representatives

Harley Geiger

Sr Counsel & Advocacy Dir

Center for Democracy & Technology

Harley Geiger is Senior Counsel and Deputy Director of the Freedom, Security and Surveillance Project at the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT). He works on civil liberties and government surv...

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