The Summit Club
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Stewart A. Baker
- Stewart A. Baker, a partner in the law firm of Steptoe & Johnson, is also a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and a Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution. He is the author of Skating on Stilts – Why We Aren’t Stopping Tomorrow’s Terrorism, a book on the security challenges posed by technology and the use of data in preventing terrorism. From 2005 to 2009, he was the first Assistant Secretary for Policy at the Department of Homeland Security. As assistant secretary, Mr. Baker oversaw offices responsible for Department-wide policy analysis, international affairs, and relationships with law enforcement. He was heavily involved in national security reviews of information technology transfers. Stemming from his role at DHS, Mr. Baker has a deep background in the international implications of US security policy – such as disputes over US collection of data from international businesses.
Jet travel, computers, and biotech all hold the promise of a better life. But they all have a dark side as well, empowering terrorists in new ways. How can we keep the benefits while reducing the risks posed by accelerating technological change, and what role do lawyers and courts play in maintaining that balance? Stewart Baker, a former Supreme Court clerk and top official at the Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Agency, will tell what government has done to meet this challenge, what it hasn’t done, and why.