Government surveillance of Internet activities - like most law
enforcement practices - is designed to prevent harmful activities
through two mechanisms: by identifying persons who are planning or are
likely to plan such activities, and by discouraging others from joining
such groups or planning such activities. In the case of surveillance,
these two mechanisms of preventing activity are often perceived as being
in conflict: effective surveillance requires secrecy, whereas deterrence
Breaking down the set of information about digital surveillance that
might be revealed, and the various behaviors that surveillance might
target, helps to understand why governments choose whether to disclose
their surveillance practices. This talk looks specifically at a few
pieces of information about surveillance: legal authorization to conduct
surveillance; third party agreements concerning surveillance; and
auditing statistics about the overall use of surveillance. Making such
information available helps prevent civil liberties harms through both
intentional abuse and propagated mistakes; however, it does not
necessarily negatively impact, and in some cases may even further, the
ultimate goal of online surveillance.
Chris graduated from Harvard Law School in June, 2007. While a
student at HLS, Chris served as Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Journal
of Law & Technology and an officer of Net Dialogue,
and enrolled in as many technology-related courses as he could manage.
As part of one clinical project with the Berkman Center, he co-produced
a study entitled Ethical Implications of Emerging Technologies: A Survey for UNESCO. He spent one summer as a Legal Intern for the Electronic
Frontier Foundation, and a second summer as a Summer Associate with the
law firms Heller Ehrman LLP and Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear LLP.
to law school, Chris earned a B.S.E. in Electrical Engineering from The
University of Michigan and a S.M. in Computer Science from MIT. He was
employed for several years as a software engineer for Intel Corp., and
later as an independent software designer working on real-time
applications and database solutions for performing arts organizations.
Between those two positions, he spent a year living and traveling in
western and central Europe.
When not focused on issues
concerning human rights and civil liberties on the Internet, Chris can
often be found cooking, hiking and camping, or ballroom dancing.
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