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Sep 20

Does Technology Lead to Tyranny? - The Fourth Amendment and New Technologies in a Digitized World

Who isn't addicted to the conveniences that modern technology brings us? We can Google map directions to wherever we are going, use our debit-cards like cash, post our thoughts and opinions on every social media site, and shop online for everything from toilet paper to tennis shoes. Simple everyday actions reveal a wealth of information about who a person is, what he or she does, and what his or her likes and dislikes are. The Fourth Amendment protects U.S. citizens against "unreasonable"search and seizures. The Supreme Court has long sought to balance privacy and law enforcement interests in defining what is "reasonable." This difficult job has become even harder due to rapid advancements in technology and the government's unprecedented ability to capture, store, search, and analyze virtually every aspect of our private lives.

What should be the rules governing the search and seizure of personal computers, tablets, and mobile phones? Should there be limits on the extent to which the government can obtain information about us from third parties? And what is the Supreme Court likely to say about the relationship between the Fourth Amendment and new technologies? Join us as our panel of experts explores these complex issues that affect every American.

More About the Speakers

Miguel Estrada
Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP 

Susan Herman
President, American Civil Liberties Union, and Professor, Brooklyn Law School 

Orin Kerr
Professor, The George Washington University Law School

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