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 Forum 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 emerged as an important topic in our national policy
agenda. A major challenge is to find the appropriate balance between privacy, national
security and the requirements of modern communications technology.
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 affect societies’ efforts to
correct market failures in the provision of public goods. In both cases where the
privacy boundaries should be drawn is unclear.
Both issues will be explored by the Forum — security/privacy trade-offs and economic
trade-offs of different levels of privacy protection. The Honorable Morgan Griffith
will provide a Congressional perspective.
The 2014 Ferrum College Forum Panel of Speakers:
H. Morgan Griffith
U.S. Representative for Virginia's 9th Congressional District
Principal, The Brattle Group
Steven G. Bradbury
Partner, Dechert LLP, former head of the Office of Legal Counsel in the Department
of Justice during the Bush Administration 2004-09
Priscilla M. Regan
Chair, Public and International Affairs, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, George Mason University
Senior Policy Counsel, Access
Forum Moderator News Director for WVTF/RADIO IQ & Virginia Public Radio
The Ferrum College Forum is also sponsored by THE EARL & MYRTLE SKEENS LECTURE SERIES
ENDOWMENT Established in 2003 by the late Earl G. “Bud” Skeens, Jr. and named as a memorial
to his father and mother, the Skeens Lecture Series Endowment enables Ferrum College
to bring informative and thought-provoking speakers to campus. Beginning his career
at Ferrum College in 1964 as Assistant Professor of history and as Varsity Men’s Tennis
coach, Skeens held many positions at the College. During his tenure, which at the
time was the longest of any faculty member, he taught more than 10,000 students, built
a nationally recognized tennis program (345 wins/41 losses), and established one of
the largest ROTC programs in the nation. The recipient of many teaching awards and
honors, he also was a noted expert on the military appearing in national media as
a military history resource and continuing to serve the Department of Defense until
Bud Skeens’ unselfish generosity to Ferrum College also made possible: The Skeens
Alumni Conference Center, Franklin Hall, and the The Earl G. "Bud" Skeens Tennis Center