MAYDAY!May 3, 2017 at 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

TimeMay 3, 2017 at 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

What Would You Do?: Mass Surveillance and the Citizen

The 2017 MAYDAY! Peace Conference will consider the obligations of citizens to check the overreach of government power in our information age.

James Madison argued that "The essence of government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse." We live in an age where our security is both protected and threatened by new technologies such as drones, surveillance cameras, and data mining. Fundamental debates about the tension between peace as "order eand peace as "freedom earise. What are the boundaries of government power and secrecy in times of peace and war? What is the role of citizens in making government transparent and accountable?

What will you do and what should we do to protect the rights of citizens? What are the ethical implications of whistleblowing and WikiLeaks? How can you manage your own personal data more safely? What are your ethical responsibilities as a citizen to make power subservient to justice?

The event will be livestreamed and archived online.

All events are open to the public without charge.


This year's Conference will have a morning keynote address "Speaking Truth to Power: Moral Obligations of Citizenship" and Q&A from 10 a.m. " 11:30 a.m. in Christ Chapel featuring Bruce Fein, Constitutional Lawyer in Washington, DC, former assistant deputy attorney for the Reagan administration, and attorney for the Snowden family.

The afternoon will be a panel presentation and discussion with audience Q&A from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. in Alumni Hall.

-Coleen Rowley, retired FBI Special Agent and former Minneapolis Division legal counsel of the FBI.

-Jane E. Kirtley, Silha Professor of Media Ethics and Law at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication and director of the Silha Center for the Study of Media Ethics and Law at the University of Minnesota.

-Thomas Drake, veteran of the Air Force specializing in intelligence, served as a CIA analyst, and was a senior executive of the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA).

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PostedApr 17, 2019