Something to Hide: New Technology, Dragnet Surveillance, and the Future of Privacy

September 26, 2013Duke Law News

Monday, October 28
12:15 pm | Room 3037
Duke Law School

View the recording of the event here.

Ben Wizner, Director of the ACLU Speech, Privacy & Technology Project, will give a talk and answer questions on the topic of ”Something to Hide: New Technology, Dragnet Surveillance, and the Future of Privacy."  This event is co-sponsored by the Center for International & Comparative Law, the Center on Law, Ethics and National Security, the Duke Law American Civil Liberties Union, the Human Rights Law Society, and the National Security Law Society.  The introduction will be given by Professor Jayne Huckerby, Director of the International Human Rights Law Clinic at Duke Law.  Lunch will be served.

For more information, contact Ali Prince.


This summer, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden pulled back the curtain on the nature and scope of NSA surveillance, but the fundamental problem he exposed – that technological developments have far outpaced democratic controls – has been known to us for some time.  Can our laws be updated to preserve a meaningful sphere of privacy?  Or has privacy become quaint and obsolete?


Ben Wizner (@BenWizner) is director of the ACLU Speech, Privacy & Technology Project, which is dedicated to protecting and expanding the First Amendment freedoms of expression, association, and inquiry; expanding the right to privacy and increasing the control that individuals have over their personal information; and ensuring that civil liberties are enhanced rather than compromised by new advances in science and technology. He has litigated numerous cases involving post-9/11 civil liberties abuses, including challenges to airport security policies, government watchlists, extraordinary rendition, and torture. He has appeared regularly in the media, testified before Congress, and traveled several times to Guantánamo Bay to monitor military commission proceedings. Ben is a graduate of Harvard College and New York University School of Law and was a law clerk to the Hon. Stephen Reinhardt of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.

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