The Briefing: Secrecy and Accountability in the Digital Age

Wednesday, January 15, 2014
The Briefing, an online symposium from the Task Force on National Security and L
The Briefing, an online symposium from the Task Force on National Security and L

In this edition, members of the Hoover Institution’s Jean Perkins Task Force on National Security and Law deftly explore the complex considerations—technological, legal, political, and strategic—that should inform government’s ability to conduct electronic surveillance and keep secrets while protecting citizens’ rights and ensuring democratic accountability.

This series of nine essays provides no easy answers. They do, however, bring into focus the hard issues involved in reconciling the claims of security and of law in a dangerous and digital age. The series begins today with Hoover senior fellow Peter Berkowitz’s introduction, followed by the first essay in the series, Intelligence Reform: Life Imitates Fiction, by Benjamin Wittes. A new briefing will be issued every business day through January 28.

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