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Contemporary Issues in Intelligence Gathering — Spring 2017

Professor Zittrain 

The digital environment offers greatly expanded opportunities for intelligence gathering. This seminar will explore some of the most difficult problems arising in managing the collection and use of intelligence for national security, including compliance with the law; avoidance of, and remedies for, over collection; and protection of privacy and other fundamental values.We will discuss how an intelligence community's activities can be meaningfully communicated to the public while respecting its sources and methods; how agencies might internally reconcile their various missions to protect the public and protect public values; and what a set of authorities and limitations for intelligence collection might look like if a clean slate were available on which to develop them. Please visit to access the application and read more about the course.

For more details about this course, see the Harvard Law School Course Catalog.