Trevor Timm, an activist with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, will present a talk titled "Government Surveillance and Civil Liberties"
At the EFF Timm specializes in surveillance, free speech, and government transparency issues. He is also the co-founder and executive director of the Freedom of the Press Foundation, which supports and funds independent journalism organizations dedicated to transparency and accountability in government. Before joining the EFF, Trevor helped the longtime General Counsel of The New York Times, James Goodale, write a book on the First Amendment. He has also worked for the former President of the ACLU and at The New Yorker. He graduated from Northeastern University and has a J.D. from New York Law School.
Even in the 18th century, our founding fathers knew that abuses occur when governments can search people without probable cause. That is why the Bill of Rights states:
"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause..."
Now in the 21st century, electronic communication has given the government new opportunities to search our electronic papers and the war on terror has provided the excuse for government to assert power. The new abuses engender mistrust of government and disrupt commerce.
$30 general. $10 Students.