The White House released a presidential task force report that included more than 40 recommendations for overhauling U.S. Intelligence operations. Georgia Tech professor Peter Swire was a member of the task force and provides insight about the panel and the issues:
President Obama created this group to report on how, in light of advancements in technology, the United States can employ its technical collection capabilities in a way that optimally protects our national security and advances our foreign policy while respecting our commitment to privacy and civil liberties, recognizing our need to maintain the public trust and reducing the risk of unauthorized disclosure.
The task force made a wide range of recommendations, including organizational changes for the National Security Agency and changes in how bulk collection programs would operate, as well as more technological recommendations about encryption, zero-day attacks and other reforms to ensure cybersecurity and protect against insider threats. The report is more than 300 pages.
Serving on the group will undoubtedly have a big impact on my research and efforts with colleagues here at Georgia Tech. For example, this spring I will teach “Privacy, Technology, Policy, and Law” (co-taught with Professor Annie Antón) and “Foundations of Internet Governance and Policy.” Both are closely related to issues reviewed by the task force.
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