Forum to Explore 'The Surveillance Society'

Several Duke alums with expertise and experience in the surveillance field will speak at an April forum.

A forum later this month will explore the dangers and benefits of living in a society where government and corporations track the daily activities of citizens.

"The Surveillance Society" will be Friday, April 11 from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in the Reynolds Theater at the Bryan Center. It is free and open to the public. It is co-sponsored by Duke Magazine, the Duke Alumni Association and Duke Law School.

It will be moderated by Wells C. Bennett, a 2006 Duke Law School graduate and current Fellow in National Security law at the Brookings Institution and Managing Editor of Lawfare, a leading web resource on national security law.

Panelists will include:

Sibylle Gierschmann, a 1999 Duke Law School graduate and partner at the Taylor Wessing law firm, where she heads the Technology, Communication and Media Industry Group;

Ashwin Machanavajjhala, assistant professor in Duke's computer science department and previously a senior research scientist in the Knowledge Management group at Yahoo! Research;

Scott Peters, a 1980 Duke graduate who represents California's 52nd District in the U.S. House of Representatives. Peters is a member of the House Committee on Armed Services and the Subcommittee on Intelligence, Emerging Threats, and Capabilities;

And Christopher H. Schroeder, Charles S. Murphy Professor of Law and Public Policy Studies at the Duke Law School, formerly Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Legal Policy at the U.S. Department of Justice.