April 25, 2015
Protecting the Digital Self
Nuala O’Connor, President and CEO of the Center for Democracy & Technology, discusses the threats to digital privacy from government agencies demanding greater access to our data for reasons ranging from safety and security to fairness. Rather than take government assurances at face value, O’Connor believes technology, specifically the “Internet of people,” offers a better solution to online threats.
Randy Barnett, Professor of Legal Theory and Director of the Center for the Constitution at Georgetown Law, pits the two prevailing interpretations of the Constitution against one another—majoritarian protection of the collective will vs. sovereign individual rights. On privacy issues, Barnett discusses his wariness of mission creep and possible future government abuses of data.