Lowell Lecture

Balancing Cybersecurity and Privacy in the Digital Age

Date & Time

Oct. 29, 2015 at 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.


Suffolk University C. Walsh Theatre
C. Walsh Theatre
55 Temple Street Boston, MA 02114
Driving Directions


Ely Kahn Co-founder and VP of Business Development, Sqrrl

Ryan Maness Visiting Fellow in Political Science – Security and Resilience Studies Northeastern University

Presenting Organization



Current Affairs


Michael Pizziferri (mpizziferri@worldboston.org, 617-542-8995 x 104)

The idea of “privacy” has undergone significant changes in the digital age, as has the idea of privacy “harm.” Fearful of British spying, influence and intervention, the founding fathers granted citizens significant protections in the Constitution. Now, the tables have turned: Concerns about what some see as a U.S. “dragnet” and unwarranted privacy intrusions have compelled other countries to revamp their own privacy protections. Legislation, both at home and abroad, hasn’t kept pace with technological developments, leaving some wondering if privacy as we know it is long dead.

With “cyberspace” increasingly seen as a new plane of warfare, how can we ensure the country’s networks are protected? Can policymakers and technological titans create a system nimble enough to capture threats while simultaneously protecting citizens’ right to privacy? What are the implications of US government surveillance for relationships with our allies, and our enemies?