Can Democracy Survive Secrecy?
The Davis Levin 1st Amendment Conference presents a conversation with Edward Snowden, Ben Wizner, and Aviam Soifer in Honolulu Hawaii on February 14th.
This live presentation follows a showing of Citizenfour, the Oscar nominated, 2014 documentary detailing the explosive events surrounding Edward Snowden’s first media appearance as an NSA whistleblower, one reporter’s journey to Hong Kong for a critical interview, and the world-wide repercussions.
What is the future of the First Amendment in a surveillance society?
Join us for a discussion with live Q & A from attendees and through Twitter. The event will be moderated by Aviam Soifer, Dean at the William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawaii. Edward Snowden will be joining the discussion from Moscow, via a live video feed.
This is a rare chance to hear and interact directly with a man who has sacrificed his career and life in the US to take a stand on his ideals. Snowden is motivated by his strong belief in civil liberties set against government overreach.
Edward Snowden has the distinction of being simultaneously labeled both traitor and hero. As an analyst for the NSA, Snowden was privy to a secret world of government surveillance on its citizens, a world that remains highly classified. His revelations on the inner workings of the NSA started in June, 2013, and continue to spark heated debate about the proper balance between security and privacy. This is a living issue at the forefront of both civil liberties and Constitutional guarantees, and Snowden remains in exile in Russia.
Ben Wizner is the director of the ACLU Speech, Privacy & Technology Project, which is dedicated to protecting and expanding the First Amendment freedoms of expression, association, and inquiry. He is noted for being Edward Snowden’s attorney and for his work challenging post-911 security enhancements, including TSA abuses, watchlists, and government forays into citizen-surveillance and secret renditions. He has appeared before Congress and monitored proceedings at Guantanamo Bay. Ben is a graduate of Harvard College and New York University School of Law.
Dean Aviam Soifer, a 1972 graduate of Yale Law School, taught at both the University of Connecticut and Boston University. Before becoming Dean at the Richardson School of Law in Manoa, he served as Dean at the Boston College of Law. He also holds B.A. cum laude (1969) and Masters of Urban Studies (1972) degrees from Yale.
“Avi” continues to teach at the William S. Richardson School of Law, primarily in constitutional law, legal history and writing, and in law and the humanities.
The Davis Levin Livingston Charitable Foundation is hosting the one day conference. This 501(c)3 was created to support public access to justice issues. The conference is meant to promote open and honest debate on First Amendment issues, in partnership with the American Civil Liberties Union. More information about the event and other projects the Foundation supports can be found here.