A Conversation on the NSA Surveillance Programs - Event Audio/Video

The NSA, Security, Privacy, and Intelligence Symposium
Michael Chertoff, Anthony D. Romero, Ellen Nakashima, Vincent J. Vitkowsky March 04, 2014

A Conversation on the NSA Surveillance Programs - Event Audio/VideoIn the 12 years since 9/11, as the national security threat matrix has become increasingly complex, technological advances have expanded intelligence gathering capabilities significantly. Recently, public concern about government monitoring of individuals has come to the forefront of the discussion. To address the intersection of security, privacy, and intelligence, the President has proposed several reforms, and is studying others in consultation with Congress. This Symposium will analyze and offer observations on those proposals.

The Federalist Society presented this panel at "The NSA, Security, Privacy, and Intelligence Symposium" on February 24, 2014, at Jones Day LLP in Washington, DC.

Luncheon: A Conversation on the NSA Surveillance Programs
12:30 – 1:45 p.m.

  • Hon. Michael Chertoff, Co-founder and Managing Principal, The Chertoff Group, and former Secretary, United States Department of Homeland Security
  • Mr. Anthony D. Romero, Executive Director, American Civil Liberties Union
  • Moderator: Ms. Ellen Nakashima, National Security Reporter, The Washington Post
  • Introduction: Mr. Vincent J. Vitkowsky, Chairman, International & National Security Law Practice Group, The Federalist Society

Jones Day LLP
Washington, DC

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A Conversation with Federal Communications Commissioner Ajit Pai - Podcast

Telecommunications & Electronic Media Practice Group Podcast
Ajit V. Pai, Gregory E. Sopkin September 09, 2013

A Conversation with Federal Communications Commissioner Ajit Pai - PodcastAjit Pai was nominated to the Federal Communications Commission by President Barack Obama and on May 7, 2012 was confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate. He was interviewed by Gregory Sopkin of Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP for a Federalist Society Teleforum on current hot topics before the Commission. Topics included incentive auctions, federal spectrum, the IP transition, process reform, and media ownership. Commissioner Pai's goal in all of these areas is to create a regulatory environment in which competition and innovation will flourish, and he seeks to shape regulation that gives private firms the strongest incentive to raise and invest capital; to develop new products and services; and to compete in established and new markets. Specifically, Commissioner Pai is working to remove uncertainty that can deter businesses and investors from taking risks, to revisit outdated regulations, and to set clear, modernized rules for the road.


  • Hon. Ajit V. Pai, Federal Communications Commission
  • Moderator: Mr. Gregory E. Sopkin, Partner, Wilkinson, Barker, Knauer, LLP

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A Conversation with Federal Trade Commissioner Maureen Ohlhausen - Podcast

Telecommunications & Electronic Media Practice Group Podcast
Maureen K. Ohlhausen, Dean A. Reuter December 19, 2013

Maureen OhlhausenMaureen K. Ohlhausen was nominated to the Federal Trade Commission by President Barack Obama and, on March 29, 2012, was confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate. She will be participate in a Teleforum on the FTC’s activities in the area of consumer privacy, including recent revisions to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) Rule.

The rise of sophisticated technologies over the last few years has allowed websites and other online entities to gather and distill large amounts of data about particular internet users. Although there are many efficiency gains from this activity, such as the development of new services and better-targeted advertising, people have also become concerned about possible invasions of privacy from monitoring an individual’s internet activity. Recognizing that children’s online privacy is an especially sensitive area, COPPA prohibits an operator of a website or online service that is directed to children, or who has actual knowledge that it is gathering personal information from a child, from collecting such information without providing notice of its data collection and obtaining verifiable parental consent for it. The FTC recently expanded the COPPA Rule’s coverage to include more types of personal information, such as IP addresses, and to expand the definition of an operator to reach entities that do not collect or use children’s information. Commissioner Ohlhausen addressed how she seeks to balance the FTC’s mandate under Section 5 of the FTC Act to protect consumers against unfair or deceptive acts with the legitimate rights of business to gather and use information for commercial purposes and why she dissented from the FTC’s revision to the COPPA Rule.


  • Maureen Ohlhausen, Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission
  • Moderator: Dean Reuter, Vice President and Director of Practice Groups, The Federalist Society

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A New Role for an Aging Star: Universal Service in the Age of Competition and Technological Change - Event Audio/Video

Telecommunications & Electronic Media Practice Group
Deborah Taylor Tate, Jon Banks, Kyle E. McSlarrow, Paul J. Nagle, Courtney Reinhard, Lawrence Sarjeant, Scott J. Wallsten February 07, 2008

The Federalist Society presented this program on the future of Universal Service.  FCC Commissioner Deborah Taylor Tate delivered a keynote address.  As the Chairman of the FCC’s Joint Board on Universal Service, Commissioner Tate is at the epicenter of these policy debates.  After her address, a roundtable discussion convened that brought together leaders from Capitol Hill and various industry sectors to explore solutions to the vexing problem of reshaping Universal Service for the Digital Age.

A U.N. Regulated Internet? The Case for Defending Against Persistent Intergovernmental Threats to Internet Freedom

Engage Volume 13, Issue 3 October 2012
Robert M. McDowell October 19, 2012

A U.N. Regulated Internet?One of the most important communications policy battles affecting freedom and prosperity in the digital era is not unfolding in Congress, the White House, the Federal Communications Commission or anywhere else in Washington.  The struggle is global and has been underway for at least a decade, albeit unnoticed until this year.  The next battlefield in the fight to maintain Internet freedom will be a diplomatic conference this December in the United Arab Emirates, where 193 countries will convene to renegotiate the International Telecommunications Regulations (ITRs), decades-old treaty-based rules originally designed to govern the international exchange of old-fashioned voice telephone services....[Read More!]