The Future of NSA Surveillance

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The National Surveillance Agency has been in the news a lot recently, mostly because they know everything. Seriously, they’re looking at you reading this right now. (Okay, probably not. But they could.) Created in 1952 and now estimated to be the largest of the U.S. government’s intelligence operations, the NSA has greatly expanded during the war on terror—and many of those expansions have come to light during the Obama era. The agency has teamed up with communications and data companies to supposedly help fight the War on Terror in the digital age, tapping calls, obtaining emails and collecting phone records. And they’ve obviously been doing more listening than talking.

Even though there’s a lot to talk about. For instance: The NSA had a court order to collect the phone records of 120,000 Verizon users, which an independent executive branch board recently said was illegal “and should end,” as noted by the Washington Post. Saying the program raises serious threats to our civil liberties and doesn’t really counter terrorism, it was duly noted that agency’s efforts won’t be sustainable in the long term.

So, what’s the future of the NSA look like? Will our technology come to resemble a Minority Report future, or are people able to stop the surveillance state we’ve created for ourselves? Peter Swire of the White House NSA Review Board, Anita Allen of UPenn and the New York Times’ Charlie Savage will discuss it tonight. / RANDY LOBASSO

6pm. Free, but reservations suggested. National Constitution Center, 525 Arch St. 215.409.6600. constitutioncenter.org

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Monday, February 03, 2014
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525 Arch St. , Philadelphia, PA
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