Forum on Critical Thinking, Innovation and Leadership

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

Coleman Bazelon
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

Amie Stepanovich
Senior Policy Counsel, Access

Connie Stevens
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 his death.

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 dedicated to

2014 Forum
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Tuesday, March 18  |  5:30pm – 7:30pm

Center in the Square
1 Market Square SE
Roanoke, VA 24011

Internet Privacy, Civil Liberties, National Security, Law, and Economics: In Search of a Coherent Policy Path Forward
Wednesday, March 19  |  Registration 8:00am  |  Program 9:00am – 12:00 noon
Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center 
110 Shenandoah Avenue
Roanoke, VA 24016

$50 per person

Please contact the Ferrum College Institutional Advancement Office at 540.365.4210 or kblair@ferrum.edu for reservations and information.

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