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April 10, 2007

Post-9/11 national security, civil liberties, technology explored at April 14 forum

CHAPEL HILL – Experts on national security, civil liberties and information technology will explore conflicting needs and realities of the post 9/11 world during a forum held Saturday (April 14) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The forum, which is free and open to the public with advance registration, will be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. in 201 Chapman Hall, in the Carolina Physical Science Complex located behind Memorial Hall. Seating is limited; attendees should register at http://seclibforum.org.

Limited parking is available in the Nash Parking Lot, accessible from Cameron Avenue via Wilson Street. Attendees should tell the parking attendant they are going to the Security and Liberty Forum. Additional parking is available in commercial lots on Rosemary Street.

The forum will bring together experts from academia, business, government and law to discuss government access to privately collected data, data sharing and retention, surveillance, data security, data mining and propensity profiling, national ID cards and consumer rights.

“The events that took place on Sept. 11 have changed our society in utterly profound ways. The need for national security in an age of international terrorism often comes in conflict with our desire to preserve individual civil liberties,” said Jeannie Walsh, a senior lecturer in the department of computer science in UNC-Chapel Hill’s College of Arts and Sciences. “We hope to explore the ethical and practical concerns with regard to data sharing within the private sector – and between the private sector and government.” 

State Senator Janet Cowell will give introductory remarks. Confirmed participants include:

The forum is hosted by the privacy and technology committee of the ACLU of North Carolina and UNC-Chapel Hill’s department of computer science. Co-sponsors include EPIC; ibiblio.org; UNC-Chapel Hills’s School of Information and Library Science and School of Journalism and Mass Communication, the Internet and the social sciences working group of the Odum Institute; and Duke University’s information science and information studies program.

Computer science department contact: Kelli Gaskill, (919) 962-1790, gaskill@cs.unc.edu

College of Arts and Sciences contact: Kim Spurr, (919) 962-4093, spurrk@email.unc.edu