Thursday, October 22, 2009
Film 4:30-7:30 p.m.
"The Lives of Others" (Das Leben der Anderen)
Introduction by: Mary Beth Stein
Associate Professor of German and International Studies
George Washington University
Friday, October 23, 2009
Full-Day of Panels 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
We live in an age of pervasive surveillance that tests traditional understandings of the right to privacy and of Fourth Amendment limitations on government intrusion into our private lives. One obvious impetus for this trend is the heightened sense of insecurity that we feel since September 11, 2001, which has caused us to rethink the proper balance between liberty and security.
National security concerns are not the only forces that have driven increased surveillance. For example, government oversight of eligibility for such entitlements as Medicaid, food stamps, and student loans has produced more efficient and pervasive data collection in recent years. Law enforcement has also availed itself of new surveillance technologies and techniques. Coupled with the growing demand for information, technological innovation at an ever increasing pace greatly enhances the ability of governments and private actors to collect, store, and use personal information in ways that were not contemplated by the framers.
This multi-disciplinary symposium brings together leading scholars and practitioners to explore a number of issues that arise for lawyers and policy makers out of the increasing impetus toward surveillance. Panels will examine: surveillance in public spaces and CCTV (closed circuit television); FISA and FISA reform; the globalization of surveillance; and legal and extralegal resistance to surveillance.