Mieke Eoyang


Mieke Eoyang, vice president for the National Security Program at Third Way, runs a team that works on every major national security issue, from the details of military personnel policy to the legal framework for going to war. She has expertise in intelligence oversight and electronic surveillance reform and also studies partisan perception on national security. Before joining Third Way, Eoyang had a long career on Capitol Hill. Most recently she served as Representative Anna Eshoo’s (D-CA) chief of staff (D-CA) and was the defense policy adviser to Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA) during the Iraq war, the subcommittee staff director on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and a professional staff member on the House Armed Services Committee. Eoyang, originally from Monterey, California, earned her JD at the University of California’s Hastings College of the Law and graduated from Wellesley College.

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Beyond Privacy & Security: The Role Of The Telecommunications Industry In Electronic Surveillance

by Mieke Eoyang, David Forsceyvia Aegis
Monday, April 11, 2016

The court fight between Apple and FBI over access to a terrorist iPhone is just the latest chapter in the long-running tension between security professionals trying to get access to information and communications companies who hold user data. The debate is often framed as a balance between government power and individual privacy.

Beyond Privacy & Security: The Role of the Telecommunications Industry in Electronic Surveillance

by Mieke Eoyangvia Aegis Paper Series
Wednesday, April 6, 2016

This paper examines the need for reforming the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Amendments Act from the perspective of the technology and communications industries. After reviewing the gatekeeper role that industry has played in previous statutes governing national security electronic surveillance, it recommends three specific reforms...