Scholarship After Snowden

Penn Law and the Center for Global Communication Studies present

Scholarship after Snowden

October 17th, 2013

4:30-7:30 PM

Gittis Hall 214, Haaga Classroom, 3501 Sansom Street

Edward Snowden’s decision to release reams of information about US and other government surveillance programs has touched off a series of global debates about the appropriate balance between national security, civil liberties, right to privacy, the relationship between government and the private sector, and the ethical responsibilities of businesses.  While editorial pages and think tanks have weighed in on these topics in the months since Snowden’s revelations have come to light, the academy has a unique perspective, and even responsibility, to consider the implications of the rise of pervasive digital surveillance for a range of disciplines that intersect with these issues.

This 3-hour mini-conference will bring together experts from different fields to discuss what these recent revelations and debates on surveillance mean for a range of disciplines – in terms of scholarship, teaching, and professional practice – in the fields of engineering, law, business, communications, and the social sciences.  In particular, the conference participants will explore what kinds of future research agendas should be developed in light of ever expanding surveillance capabilities and the concomitant unease that these programs engender.  In addition, participants will be asked to consider the role of higher education in preparing the next generation of leaders to grapple with these fundamental issues in service of the public interest.

RSVP requested but not required here.

Co-Sponsored by Penn Law and the Center for Global Communication Studies at the Annenberg School for Communication.  Made possible by the Provost’s Global Engagement Fund.



Monroe Price, Director, Center for Global Communication Studies (CGCS), Annenberg School for Communication

Amy Gadsden, Associate Dean and Director of International Programs, University of Pennsylvania Law School

Keynote: Our collective responsibility

Bruce Schneier, Security expert and writer

Panel 1: What are the harms and how can the academy contribute to solutions?

Joseph Turow, Robert Lewis Shayon Professor of Communication, Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, Annenberg

Cynthia Wong, Senior Researcher, Internet and Human Rights, Human Rights Watch

Lauren Steinfeld, Senior Advisor for Privacy and Compliance, University of Pennsylvania

Ben Wagner, Internet Policy Observatory Post-Doctoral Fellow, CGCS, Annenberg

Panel 2: Preparing future professionals for this brave new world.

Michael Samway, Former Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Yahoo!

Christopher Yoo, John H. Chestnut Professor of Law, Communication, and Computer and Information Science; Director, Center for Technology, Innovation and Competition, Penn Law

Andrea Matwyshyn, Assistant Professor, Legal Studies and Business Ethics Department, Wharton

Nien-he Hsieh, Associate Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School

Moderator and discussion facilitator:Rebecca MacKinnon, Senior Research Fellow, New America Foundation, Penn Law Adjunct Lecturer, CGCS Affiliate.

Discussion will be followed by a reception.

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