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Stanford University Networking Seminar

Ed Felten (Princeton University)
Technical Tradeoffs in the NSA's Mass Phone Call Program

12pm, Thursday, February 27, 2014
Allen-101X Cypress Auditorium

About the Talk

This talk will examine several technical questions related to the NSA's program that collects data about a substantial fraction of all domestic phone calls. How effective is such a program likely to be in identifying potential terrorists or clearing up false suspicion? How easily can enemies evade the program? Can the program be redesigned to better protect privacy, without losing effectiveness?

About the Speaker

Ed Felten is the Robert E. Kahn Professor of Computer Science and Public Affairs at Princeton University, and the Director of Princeton's Center for Information Technology Policy. His research interests include computer security and privacy, network technologies, and public policy issues relating to computing. In 2011-12 he served as the first Chief Technologist at the Federal Trade Commission. He is a Fellow the ACM and a member of the National Academy of Engineering