First ever director of privacy and civil liberties for the White House to speak at URI Honors Colloquium, Oct. 28

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KINGSTON, R.I. – Oct. 20, 2014 – Timothy Edgar, the first ever director of privacy and civil liberties for the White House National Security Staff under the Obama administration, will speak at the University of Rhode Island’s Honors Colloquium, Tuesday, Oct. 28 at 7:30 p.m.


The free, public lecture is titled, “Achieving Security, Privacy and Internet Freedom in the Golden Age of Hacking, Cyberwar and Surveillance.” It will be held in Edwards Hall Auditorium, 64 Upper College Rd., Kingston.

The presenting sponsor is Cox Business. Thanks to the generosity of Cox Business a free iPad mini will be given away at each event. You must attend the event to have a chance to win.


Edgar will discuss how cyber conflict poses unique challenges for governments, citizens, and the future of the Internet. His talk will examine the problems confronting the United States and its international partners in addressing network and computer insecurity while upholding privacy, civil liberties and other fundamental values.


Edgar is a visiting fellow at the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University and an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University Law Center. His work focuses on the unique challenges posed by growing global cyber conflict, particularly in reconciling security interests with fundamental values like privacy and Internet freedom.


From 2006 to 2009, he was the first deputy for civil liberties at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence where he reviewed new surveillance authorities, the terrorist watch list, and other sensitive programs.


He has also been counsel for the national Information Sharing Environment which facilitates the secure sharing of terrorism-related information among government agencies responsible for national security. Prior to his government service, Edgar was the national security and immigration counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union.


Click here for a full schedule of Cybersecurity and Privacy speakers.


Those unable to attend the lecture can watch it live online at URI Live!


Presenting Sponsor: Cox Business


Major Sponsors: URI Honors Program.


Sponsors: 
URI Office of the President;
URI Office of the Provost;
The Mark and Donna Ross Honors Colloquium Humanities Endowment;
The Thomas Silvia and Shannon Chandley Honors Colloquium Endowment;
URI College of Human Science and Services;
URI Talent Development;
URI Multicultural Center;
URI College of Arts & Sciences;
URI Harrington School of Communications and Media;
URI John Hazen White, Sr. Center for Ethics and Public Service;
URI College of Pharmacy;
URI College of Engineering;
URI College of the Environment and Life Sciences;
URI College of Nursing;
URI College of Business Administration;
URI Division of Student Affairs;
URI Department of Communications and Marketing;
URI Department of Publications and Services;
URI ITS Instructional Technology and Media Services


This release was written by Caitlin Musselman, a URI Marketing and Communications intern and a public relations and political science major.