[Busec] busec: welcome back! first seminar Wed Sept 10 at 10am

Jeffrey Finkelstein jeffreyf at bu.edu
Wed Aug 27 23:05:42 EDT 2014

At about the same time Sharon sent this invitation, Ars Technica published
an article describing the history and subsequent overuse of Executive Order


Hope this provides some good background information to anyone interested in
learning more about this.


On Wed, Aug 27, 2014 at 6:59 PM, Sharon Goldberg <goldbe at cs.bu.edu> wrote:

> Hi Everyone,
> Welcome back!  We're starting to set up another semester of busec
> seminars; suggestions or volunteers interested in giving a seminar are
> welcome.  Please see the calendar for what is already planned, and we are
> tentatively planning to use the Wed 10-11:30am slot again this semester.
> I'll give the first seminar of the year on Wednesday Sept 10 at 10am. This
> will be a practice talk on my new surveillance law paper prior to
> presenting it at the Telecommunications Policy Research Conference.
> Abstract below.
> Hope you can make it!
> Sharon
> BUsec Calendar:  http://www.bu.edu/cs/busec/
>  BUsec Mailing list: http://cs-mailman.bu.edu/mailman/listinfo/busec
>  How to get to BU from MIT: The CT2 bus or MIT's "Boston Daytime Shuttle"
> http://web.mit.edu/facilities/transportation/shuttles/daytime_boston.html
> Loopholes for Circumventing the Constitution: Unrestrained Bulk
> Surveillance on Americans by Collecting Network Traffic Abroad
> Speaker: Sharon Goldberg, BU.
> Wednesday September 10, 2014, 10:00-11am
> We reveal interdependent legal and technical loopholes that the U.S.
> intelligence community could use to circumvent constitutional and statutory
> safeguards for Americans. We describe how the collection of American's
> Internet traffic on foreign territory exploits loopholes that can leave
> Americans as unprotected as foreigners by current U.S. surveillance laws.
> We also describe how modern Internet protocols can be manipulated to
> deliberately divert American's traffic abroad, where it can then be
> collected under a more permissive legal regime (Executive Order 12333) that
> is overseen solely by the Executive branch of the U.S. government.  While
> the media has reported on some of the techniques we describe (eg operation
> 'MUSCULAR') we cannot establish the extent to which these loopholes are
> exploited in practice. Instead, we seek to contribute to public
> understanding of EO 12333 and its underlying policies, in particular how
> advances in technology implicate the privacy protections contained
> therein.
> Joint work with Axel Arnbak.
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