Special Presentation: Marcy Wheeler - PRISM (702) and effects on 5EYES countries

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What we'll do

Sometime in 2017, the US Congress will reauthorise the law that permits one of the key Five Eyes spying programs, FISA Section 702.

Section 702 authorises both PRISM (the collection of content directly from US tech companies like Google and Microsoft) and upstream surveillance (the collection, via packet sniffing, of other communications transiting the US telecommunications backbone).

The reauthorisation takes place in the wake of Barack Obama's expansion of intelligence sharing collected via other means, under Executive Order 12333.

About the Event

Marcy Wheeler (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marcy_Wheeler), an advisor to the US Congress' Fourth Amendment Caucus and an expert on this and other US surveillance laws, will explain what the authorisation fight means for US spying generally.

She will explain recent problems with upstream surveillance and what it means for NSA and the Five Eyes' packet sniffing collection more generally. She will lay out what the prospects are for reform of 702 this year -- and what additional protections that might offer Australians. She'll explain the greater risk of surveillance under EO 12333. And she'll lay US surveillance, generally, against the background of Donald Trump's administration and his paranoid claims that he, too, has been the target of a "tapp."

About the Presenter

Marcy Wheeler (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marcy_Wheeler) has been blogging full time since 2007. She's known for her live-blogging of the Scooter Libby trial, her discovery of the number of times Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was waterboarded, and generally for her weedy analysis of document dumps.

A key congressional staffer recently introduced Marcy
as "the person outside of government who knows the most about surveillance".

Marcy is an independent journalist writing about national security and civil liberties. She writes as emptywheel at her blog, emptywheel.net, publishes at outlets including the Guardian, Salon, and the Progressive, and appears frequently on television and radio. She is the author of Anatomy of Deceit, a primer on the CIA leak investigation.

Marcy has a PhD from the University of Michigan, where she researched the "feuilleton", a short conversational newspaper form that has proven important in times of heightened censorship. Before and after her time in academics, Marcy provided documentation consulting for corporations in the auto, tech, and energy industries. She lives with her spouse and dog in Grand Rapids, Michigan.