Jonathan Mayer: 2014 Security Workshop


Monday, April 14, 2014
Location: Fisher Conference Center, Arrillaga Alumni Center

"The Science of Surveillance"


The National Security Agency is bound by legal constraints. It hasn't always followed the rules, to be sure. But when it does, are constitutional and statutory safeguards effective in protecting our privacy?

This talk presents an empirical assessment of the NSA's legal restrictions, including research cited by President Obama's intelligence review group. We find that present limits on bulk surveillance programs come up far short; authorities to intercept international Internet traffic and domestic telephone metadata place ordinary Americans at risk.


Jonathan Mayer is a Ph.D. candidate in computer science at Stanford University, where he received his J.D. in 2013. Jonathan is a Cybersecurity Fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation, a Junior Affiliate Scholar at the Center for Internet and Society, and a Stanford Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellow. He earned his A.B. at Princeton University in 2009, concentrating in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Jonathan has consulted for both federal and state law enforcement agencies, and his research on consumer privacy has contributed to multiple regulatory interventions.