Brown Executive Master in Cybersecurity (EMCS) Academic Director Timothy Edgar this week published Beyond Snowden: Privacy, Mass Surveillance and the Struggle to Reform the NSA. Described as “a must read,” by Siobhan Gorman, Wall Street Journal former intelligence reporter, the book is already being hailed as a landmark in our legal understanding of cybersecurity in today’s digitized borderless world.
In Beyond Snowden, Edgar—whose career in government coincided with Snowden’s tenure—grapples with many of the issues that consumed the former NSA contractor now in exile in Moscow. Edgar’s book takes us on a journey through America’s surveillance state to find the answer to this central question: What should we do about mass surveillance?
Edgar is a longtime civil liberties activist who worked inside the intelligence community for six years during the Bush and Obama administrations. He believes that the NSA’s programs are a profound threat to the privacy of everyone in the world. At the same time, he argues that mass surveillance programs can be made consistent with democratic values – if we make the hard choices needed to bring transparency, accountability, privacy, and human rights protections into complex programs of intelligence collection.
Although the NSA and other agencies already comply with rules intended to prevent them from spying on Americans, Edgar argues that these rules are inadequate for this century and outlines practical modern reforms.
To hear more from Professor Edgar on Beyond Snowden:
- Brown University Q&A with Edgar: Can we have security and privacy in an age of mass surveillance?
- WNYC The Brian Lehrer Show: What do we do about mass surveillance in America?