Ferrum College Forum on Critical Thinking, Innovation & Leadership will address the
topic of Internet security.
Internet Privacy, Civil Liberties, National Security, Law, and Economics: In Search
of a Coherent Policy Path Forward
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 | Registration 8:00am | Program 9:00am – 12:00 noon
| The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center | LiveStream
The 2014 Ferrum College Forum on Critical Thinking, Innovation & Leadership will address
the topic of Internet security. Between the revelations about NSA ‘meta data’ collections
and reports of Google’s use of Gmail content to target advertising, privacy has arrived
as an important topic in the our national policy and economic debates. Our challenge
is to integrate the abstractions of privacy, liberty, and government restraint with
the real world of law, economics, and policy.
At a high level, privacy issues encompass two broad related, but distinct, categories.
First, privacy is a right that should only be limited for significant security benefits.
Here, the security arm of the state exercises great powers, with the potential of
great harms to individual liberties balanced by the potential security benefits of
government action. Second, boundaries of privacy can have important economic implications.
Here, more traditional economic issues are at play with policy objectives focused
the governmental realm and the private economic realm - where the privacy boundaries
should be drawn are very unclear.
Both issues will be explored in two panels—one on security/privacy trade-offs and
one on economic trade-offs of different levels of privacy protection—followed by speakers who
will integrate the discussion and describe the more immediate issues to be ad-dressed
by Congress and the executive branch.
Details will be posted as they become available.