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Check Out My New Podcasting Venture: Spaghetti on the Wall Productions!

It’s Spaghetti on the Wall Productions, “a podcast production company featuring high-substance, high-charisma individuals with interesting things to say.” We launched in January and now have four shows—with more on the way. I’ll put the Twitter feeds of the two shows I’m directly involved with on the site, but I encourage you to check them all out. […]

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New Book! The Future of Violence: Robots and Germs, Hackers and Drones——Confronting A New Age of Threat

““A book that manages to meld Hobbes, James Bond, science fiction, and Supreme Court decisions”

Ann-Marie Slaughter

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Outside Perspectives on the President’s AUMF Against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant

Testimony Before the House Committee on Armed Services Thank you Chairman Thornberry, Ranking Member Smith, and members of the committee for inviting me to present my views on the President’s proposed Authorization for the Use of Military Force against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. I am a senior fellow in Governance Studies […]

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A Speech on Privacy at Washington & Lee Law School

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Our Cyborg Future: Law and Policy Implications

Do we care so much about whether and how the government accesses our data perhaps because the line between ourselves and the machines that generate the data is getting fuzzier? Perhaps the NSA disclosures have struck such a chord with so many people because on a visceral level we know what our law has not yet begun to recognize: that we are already juvenile cyborgs, and fast becoming adolescent cyborgs; we fear that as adult cyborgs, we will get from the state nothing more than the rights of the machine with respect to those areas of our lives that are bound up with the capabilities of the machine.

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Databuse and a Trusteeship Model of Consumer Protection in the Big Data Era

Coauthored with Wells C. Bennett How much does the relationship between individuals and the companies in which they entrust their data depend on the concept of “privacy?” And how much does the idea of privacy really tell us about what the government does, or ought to do, in seeking to shield consumers from Big Data […]

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Reforming the NSA: How to Spy After Snowden

Coauthored with Daniel Byman, Foreign Affairs, May-June 2014 The long-running debate over the tradeoffs the United States should make between national security and civil liberties flared up spectacularly last summer, when Edward Snowden, a National Security Agency contractor, handed journalists a huge trove of heavily classified documents that exposed, in excruciating detail, electronic surveillance programs […]

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Is Al Qaeda Winning: Grading the Administration’s Counterterrorism Policies

Testimony before the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Terrorism, Non-Proliferation, and Trade Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream Thank you, Chairman Poe, Ranking Member Sherman, and members of the subcommittee for inviting me to present my views on the future of the Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) and intelligence collection under Section 702 […]

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Speaking the Law: The Obama Administration’s Speeches on National Security Law

Coauthored with Kenneth Anderson OVERVIEW Over the course of President Obama’s first term in office, the president and senior officials of his administration have given a series of major speeches on the legal framework for confronting terrorists overseas. The speeches collectively represent the fullest statement the administration has given of the law of drones, targeted […]

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