The Library #ideadrop house will return this year again to connect the energy of the library community with the enthusiasm and entrepreneurial spirit pervasive in Austin for salon-style conversations in our library living room on March 7-11, 2014. Vist in person or on the live stream here. All times listed are local Austin time/ Central time.

E-Resources and Libraries (ER&L), ProQuest and the Digital Library Federation (DLF) are joined in Austin by an awesome group of orgs representing libraries, archives and museums. Meet them all.

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Saturday, March 8 • 3:30pm - 6:00pm

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SXSW Presentation Link Edward Snowden’s dramatic revelations of classified information in 2013 set off a massive public debate concerning the intersection of technological change, national security, and privacy. Alas, that debate is not always sufficiently well informed when it comes to its legal, policy, and technical aspects. This 2.5-hour workshop is meant not to evangelize in favor of any one particular solution, but rather to provide attendees with a sophisticated-but-accessible foundation for sharpening (or perhaps changing) their own views. It brings together dynamic, nationally known experts in technology, privacy policy, civil liberties, law, and U.S. government intelligence policy. The workshop will delve into the technical and policy aspects of national security surveillance, the evolution of the legal architecture governing the NSA, and how policy may develop in the years ahead. We’ll also use various participatory measures to directly engage attendees.

Key Takeaways: 1. What exactly is the current state of the law when it comes to NSA surveillance? 2. What do we know about what the NSA is and is not doing? 3. What do privacy theorists have to say about the impact of technological change on our privacy? 4. How do national security officials think about these issues? 5. What is likely to happen going forward?


  • There is no prerequisite for attendance. Anyone with an interest in the legal and policy implications that arise from issues involving privacy, technology, and security is encouraged to register.

What to Bring:

  • Nothing specific.

avatar for Robert Chesney

Robert Chesney

Assoc Dean for Academic Affairs & Charles I Francis Professor in Law, The University of Texas School of Law
Bobby Chesney is the Charles I. Francis Professor in Law at the University of Texas School of Law, a Distinguished Scholar of the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law, and a Nonresident Senior Fellow of the Brookings Institution. He also serves as the law school's... Read More →

Timothy Edgar

Visiting Fellow in Intl Studies, PM-ISE
Timothy Edgar is a visiting fellow at the Watson Institute and an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University. He served under President Obama as the first-ever Director of Privacy and Civil Liberties for the White House National Security Staff, working on cybersecurity, open... Read More →
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Susan Landau

Susan Landau works in cybersecurity, privacy, and public policy. She has been Distinguished Engineer at Sun Microsystems, and a facultymember at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and at WesleyanUniversity. She has held visiting positions at Harvard, Cornell, andYale, and... Read More →
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Julian Sanchez

Research Fellow, Cato Institute
Cato Institute fellow Julian Sanchez studies issues at the busy intersection of technology, privacy, and civil liberties, with a particular focus on national security and intelligence surveillance. Before joining Cato, Sanchez served as the Washington Editor for the technology news... Read More →

Saturday March 8, 2014 3:30pm - 6:00pm CST
Classroom 106 AT&T Conference Center 1900 University Avenue Austin, TX 78705

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