Libertarian calendar for October 2015

21 Oct
October 21
Washington, DC

Cato Annual Conference on Surveillance

It has been a dizzying year in the world of surveillance: In June, nearly two years after Edward Snowden shocked the world with unprecedented leaks revealing the scope of National Security Agency spying, Congress moved to limit the bulk collection of domestic communications data via the USA FREEDOM Act—first introduced at a Cato conference in 2013—but how much privacy protection will the law’s reforms truly provide?

Meanwhile, courts and policymakers struggle to keep up with a rapidly evolving array of high-tech threats to privacy, each posing difficult policy questions. Should encryption technologies be engineered to include back doors for government, as some law enforcement officials have proposed? How should companies respond to ever-growing demands for user data on a borderless Internet—and what consequences will the answer hold for America’s technology sector and global freedom? What tools can individuals rely on to protect themselves from intrusive states and malicious hackers? Does cybersecurity require sharing ever more information with government? Are new laws required to regulate the increasing use of cell phone location tracking by police?

The Cato Institute’s Second Annual Surveillance Conference will explore these questions and more with the top scholars, litigators, intelligence officials, activists, and technologists working at the intersection of privacy, technology, and national security.

Since last year’s Conference filled quickly, we encourage you to REGISTER as soon as possible:

If you can’t make it to the event, you can watch it live online and join the conversation on Twitter using #CatoSpyCon.

October 21
Champagne-Urbana, IL

Bar Crawl for Liberty
Liberty House
9 pm

There will be a pregame and shirts.

If you plan to go to this, but still haven’t told Bill your shirt size and that you want a shirt, let him know ASAP. Info on shirts will be out soon.

All details TBA, but we’ll start at Liberty House and then head to the bars later in the evening.

October 24
Chicago, IL

Students for Liberty regional conference

Loyola University is hosting a FREE conference with food and a free T-shirt included. Check your email for an update from UW-YAL or follow the link below for more information.

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