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The NSA Surveillance Programs: Assessing The Damage to U.S. Commerce, Confidence & Credibility

  • 12:00 PM
  • Rayburn HOB


Date: Friday, July 18, 2014
Time: 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm. Program begins promptly at 12:00 pm, check-in starts at 11:40 am.
Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2226

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More About The Panel:

It has been one year since the sweeping NSA surveillance programs were revealed by controversial leaker Edward Snowden. As Congress considers reforming these programs we need to also assess the impact that this controversy has had on U.S. commercial interests, on our confidence in our leaders, and on U.S. credibility both globally and domestically. The revelations could not have come at a worse time for the U.S. tech industry, which was poised to lead the worldwide market in cloud computing. And many accounts indicate that other tech sectors are feeling the impact of the controversy when approaching international markets. Can we quantify the impact on American business?

Have the revelations also impacted the confidence and credibility of the U.S. government? Some world leaders — whose own phones had been accessed — have expressed unfeigned outrage about the scope of surveillance. Our panel will discuss these issues and try to quantify the impact against some benchmarks.


  • Stewart Baker, Partner, Steptoe & Johnson LLP [Bio]
  • Kevin Bankston, Policy Director, Open Technology Institute, New America Foundation [Bio]
  • Chris Hopfensperger, Director, Policy, BSA | The Software Alliance [Bio]
  • Shane Tews, Visiting Fellow, American Enterprise Institute [Bio] (moderator)

This widely attended educational briefing is hosted by the Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee (ICAC), part of a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization. Congressional staff and members of the press welcome. The ICAC is a private sector organization comprised of public interest groups, trade associations, non-profits, and corporations. The ICAC takes no positions on legislation or regulation. Rather, it’s a neutral platform where thought leaders debate important technology issues that shape legislative and administration policy in an open forum. We vigilantly adhere to our mission to curate balanced and dynamic debates among Internet stakeholders. Our volunteer board members ensure that we dutifully execute that mission. More information on the ICAC is available at