Ben Wizner | Democracy in an Era of Mass Surveillance

The lecture will address the challenges that mass surveillance poses to free societies; the ways in which surveillance technologies have outpaced democratic controls; and the potential for effective oversight following Edward Snowden’s revelations.


BWiznerBen Wizner 
Director of the Speech, Privacy & Technology Project
American Civil Liberties Union

Tuesday, February 23, 2016
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM 
UC Davis School of Law, King Hall Rm 1301

Ben Wizner is Director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Speech, Privacy & Technology Project, which is dedicated to protecting and expanding the First Amendment freedoms of expression, association, and inquiry; expanding the right to privacy and increasing the control that individuals have over their personal information; and ensuring that civil liberties are enhanced rather than compromised by new advances in science and technology. He has litigated numerous cases involving post-9/11 civil liberties abuses, including challenges to airport security policies, government watchlists, extraordinary rendition, and torture. He has appeared regularly in the media, testified before Congress, and traveled several times to Guantánamo Bay to monitor military commission proceedings. Wizner is a graduate of Harvard College and New York University School of Law and was a law clerk to the Hon. Stephen Reinhardt of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.