Technology, Privacy and Surveillance: Who is Watching the Watchers?

THU, MAY 23, 2019 (1:12:03)

Technology can be used by the government to take away civil liberties, but it can also be used in the service of civil liberties. This program discusses policy and legal approaches to monitoring government use of surveillance, and advocates for citizens using technology to monitor government.

+ BIO: Whitney Taylor

Whitney joined the ACLU of Massachusetts in 2010 to help develop the statewide presence of ACLU supporters and activists, to advocate on behalf of civil liberties. As a national expert on illicit drug policy, the criminal justice and public health systems, and the electoral ballot initiative and legislative processes, she coordinates the development and implementation of the ACLU of Massachusetts’ public advocacy agenda. Whitney received a B.A. in Criminal Justice and an M.S. in Public Policy from American University in Washington, DC.

+ BIO: Emiliano Falcon

Emiliano was born and raised in Argentina, where he was educated and earned a first law degree at the University of Buenos Aires and a Master in Administrative Law at Austral University. Emiliano also studied abroad at Tulane University, in New Orleans and at Sciences Po, in Paris, France. Before coming to America, where he attended the New York University School of Law and earned Master in Laws (LLM) degree, he worked as a legal coordinator in the Secretariat of Communications and served as the Secretary General of the FCC’s equivalent in Argentina.

At the ACLU of Massachusetts, Emiliano seeks to think about and address the legal and policy concerns that the Information Age entails by contributing to create and change the regulatory landscape of it. The new challenges posed by fast developing networks, digital economy, artificial intelligence, and the enormous and incredible flow of information to which we are all subjected require the unrestricted and unlimited observance of human rights and civil liberties. Emiliano’s task is to develop policy and regulatory schemes that promote equality, open internet, balanced intellectual property rights, respect for privacy, and universal access to services.

+ BIO: Shannon Al-Wakeel

Shannon was one of four Muslim women who founded MJL after federal announcements of a “countering violent extremism” program in Boston.  An attorney and printmaker, Shannon received her B.F.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in conjunction with Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and her J.D. from Harvard Law School. Prior to MJL, Shannon worked with Massachusetts Law Reform Institute and later Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition, where her advocacy contributed to advances in immigrant access to education and health care and safeguards against unconstitutional deportation programs, as well as defeat of scores of anti-immigrant legislative proposals.  Shannon previously served as president of the Board of Directors of the New England Muslim Bar Association and, following the Boston Marathon bombing, provided “Know Your Rights” education and government relations assistance to Massachusetts mosques in response to increased targeting of local Muslim communities.

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