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Panel: Surveillance, State Power, and National Security: Whistleblowers in the Information Age

  • Room 912, Kimmel Center 60 Washington Square South New York, NY, 10012 United States (map)

Ever since Edward Snowden leaked a trove of documents on the National Security Administration (NSA) in 2013, numerous questions have been raised over the role of surveillance, state power, and digital privacy rights in the 'Information Age.' This panel discussion seeks to approach this topic from legal, journalistic, historical, and philosophical perspectives, and evaluate the role of the 'whistleblower' in contemporary American politics. 

How does surveillance impact American civil society, particularly marginalized communities and activist organizations? Why are intelligence leaks important for journalistic work? What can the history of the U.S. intelligence community tell us about the present situation? Are we perhaps living in a 'national-security state?' 


Faiza Patel, Co-Director of the Liberty & National Security Program at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University

Murtaza Hussain, Correspondent at The Intercept

Timothy Naftali, Professor of History and Public Policy at New York University, CNN Presidential Historian

William Klein, Professor of Liberal Studies at New York University

Join us to unpack these questions and many others alongside our array of expert panelists as well as eat some delicious food!