Open Lecture with Aryeh Neier: "Surveillance, secrecy, and disclosure: The case of Edward Snowden"

Aryeh Neier: "Surveillance, secrecy, and disclosure: The case of Edward Snowden"

Open Lecture with Aryeh Neier

Founder, Human Rights Watch; President Emeritus of the Open Society Foundations; and Visiting Professor, School of Public Policy at Central European University

Moderator: Dr. Sylke Tempel, editor-in-chief, IP -- Die Zeitschrift; German Council on Foreign Relations

In his lecture Aryeh Neier will give an overview of the history of surveillance in the United States and discuss challenges posed to the right to privacy by a state claiming to need vast quantities of data to protect public safety. In light of recent NSA revelations, Neier asks if the surveillance programs disclosed by Edward Snowden have been successful in mitigating the threat of terrorism and examines whether or not those programs intrude excessively on individual privacy. How was the programs' effectiveness compromised by public revelations? Could they have been disclosed in another way? Was Edward Snowden justified in unveiling them unilaterally? Neier considers these questions and describes the credibility issue the US now faces when promoting rights elsewhere.