There’s a debate raging in DC and around the world about the extensive National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance programs that were first revealed this past summer–not only about whether the surveillance is consistent with constitutional and human rights, but also about the costs and the benefits of such mass surveillance. New America’s National Security Studies Program recently addressed the “benefits” question by releasing an in-depth research report demonstrating that the NSA programs have done little to prevent terrorism.
This event from New America’s Open Technology Institute (OTI) will look at the other side of the coin and examine the costs of the NSA programs. Such costs include not only the direct cost to the American taxpayer, but also the cost to the American Internet industry (by some estimates over $180 billion within the next few years), the cost to America’s foreign relations and its work to promote “Internet Freedom” globally, and finally, the cost to Internet security itself.
President & CEO, New America Foundation
Policy Director, New America Foundation, Open Technology Institute
Senior Analyst, The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF)
National Security Program Director, Third Way
President, The Center for a New American Security (CNAS)
Public Policy and Regulatory Counsel,
The Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA)
Assistant Professor of Computer Science, Georgetown University