Government Pattern Analysis:
Securing Terrorists While Preserving Priacy?
March 20, 2003
Peter P. Swire is a Professor of Law at the Ohio State University and director of that school's Washington, D.C. summer program. From 1999 to early 2001 he served as the Clinton Administration's Chief Counselor for Privacy, in the U.S. Office of Management and Budget. In that position, he coordinated Administration policy on the use of personal information in the public and private sectors, and served as point of contact with privacy and data protection officials in other countries.
He was White House coordinator for the proposed and final HIPAA medical privacy rules, and played a leading role on topics including financial privacy, Internet privacy, encryption, public records and privacy, ecommerce policy, and computer security and privacy. With Lawrence Lessig, he is Editor of the Cyberspace Law Abstracts of the Social Science Research Network. Many of his writings appear at www.peterswire.net.
Jim Dempsey, Executive Director
Jim Dempsey joined CDT at the beginning of 1997. He became Deputy Director in 2001 and Executive Director in 2003. In addition to day-to-day management responsibilities, he works on privacy and electronic surveillance issues and heads CDT's international project, the Global Internet Policy Initiative (GIPI). Prior to joining CDT, Mr. Dempsey was
Deputy Director of the Center for National Security Studies. From 1995 to
1996, Mr. Dempsey also served as special counsel to the National Security
Archive, a non-governmental organization that uses the Freedom of
Information Act to gain the declassification of documents on the U.S.
The Center for Democracy and Technology
From 1985 to 1994, Mr. Dempsey was assistant counsel to the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Civil and Constitutional Rights. His primary areas of responsibility for the Subcommittee were oversight of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, privacy and civil liberties. He worked on issues at the intersection of national security and constitutional rights, including terrorism, counterintelligence, and electronic surveillance as well as crime issues, including the federal death penalty, remedies for racial bias in death sentencing, information privacy, and police brutality. Mr. Dempsey has traveled extensively outside the U.S. to speak on civil liberties issues and consult with government officials and human rights organizations.
From 1980 to 1984, Mr. Dempsey was an associate with the Washington, D.C. law firm of Arnold & Porter, where he practiced in areas of government and commercial contracts, energy law, and anti-trust. He also maintained an extensive pro bono representation of death row inmates in federal habeas proceedings. He clerked for the Hon. Robert Braucher of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. He graduated from Harvard Law School in 1979 and from Yale College in 1975.
Mr. Dempsey is author of several articles on Internet policy, including Communications Privacy In The Digital Age: Revitalizing The Federal Wiretap Laws To Enhance Privacy, and co-author of the recently revised and updated (2002) book Terrorism & the Constitution: Sacrificing Civil Liberties in the Name of National Security (with Prof. David Cole of Georgetown law school).
Lance Hoffman, Professor of Computer Science at The George Washington University
Dr. Lance J. Hoffman is known for his pioneering research on computer security and risk analysis, and for his interdisciplinary work in computer privacy issues. Professor of Computer Science at The George Washington University in Washington, D. C. and Founder of the School of Engineering's Cyberspace Policy Institute, he is in charge of the computer security graduate program in computer science. He is the author or editor of five books and numerous articles on computer security and privacy. His most recent readings book, Building in Big Brother, was the first book devoted to the topic of cryptography policy.
A Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Dr. Hoffman heads the Steering Committee of the Conference on Computers, Freedom, and Privacy and is a member of the National Advisory Board of the newsletter Privacy & American Busiiness; he also sits on the Advisory Committee of the Center for Democracy and Technology and is GW's representative to the Advisory Committee of the World Wide Web Consortium. In 2000, he served on the Advisory Committee on Online Access and Security of the Federal Trade Commission.
for an electronic payments system, and carrying out risk analyses for telemedicine
privacy and security. His recent teaching innovations include
multidisciplinary courses on electronic commerce and information warfare.
He also serves as a technical and strategic advisor to security- and privacy-
(A more complete resume is available upon request.)
Orin Ker, Associate Professor at
George Washington University Law School
Orin S. Kerr is an Associate Professor at George Washington University Law School, where he teaches criminal law and computer crime law. From 1998 to 2001, Professor Kerr was a Trial Attorney in the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section of the Criminal Division at the U.S. Department of Justice. At Justice, he authored DOJ's manual on searching and seizing computers and Internet surveillance law, and was a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. After leaving the Justice Department, Professor Kerr has also performed pro bono work as a criminal defense lawyer.
Professor Kerr holds degrees in mechanical engineering from Princeton and Stanford, and received his law degree magna cum laude from Harvard Law School. Following law school, he clerked for Judge Leonard I. Garth of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Professor Kerr's articles on Internet law and computer crime law have appeared or are forthcoming in the Georgetown Law Journal, Northwestern University Law Review, Hastings Law Journal, and several other journals. Professor Kerr hosts a free computer crime case update list which is maintained at http://hermes.circ.gwu.edu/archives/cybercrime.html, and he is currently under contract to write a law school casebook on computer crime law for West Publishers.