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ABA cyberspace law meeting to address digital privacy, government wiretapping


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ABA cyberspace law meeting to address digital privacy, government wiretapping

By John Glynn

WASHINGTON, Jan. 24, 2014 — Legal experts, including former government officials from the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security, will discuss digital privacy issues, the evolution of bitcoins and proposed reforms to U.S. intelligence programs during the American Bar Association Business Law Section’s Cyberspace Law Institute and Winter Working Meeting Jan 31-Feb.1 in Denver.


Phil Weiser, dean of the University of Colorado Law School and executive director of the university’s Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology and Entrepreneurship, will speak about the state of the law-and-technology community in the Denver-Boulder area at 3 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 31. Weiser is a former deputy assistant attorney general in the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division and served as the senior adviser for technology and innovation to the White House’s National Economic Council director.

Cyberspace Law Institute and Winter Working Meeting
Sponsored by the ABA Business Law Section

Jan. 31 – Feb. 1

Four Seasons Hotel
1111 14th St.
Denver, CO 80202

Program highlights include:

“When Past Performance May Be Indicative of Future Results: Legal Implications of Using Location-Based Services Data to Predict Future Behavior” — Bruce Antley, AOL assistant general counsel who serves as the primary lawyer for MapQuest, will discuss the use of location-based services and the critical privacy questions raised by this technology.
Friday, Jan. 31, 9:30 – 10 a.m.

“Bitcoins: Where They Came From and Where They Are Headed” — This presentation will cover the evolution of bitcoins into a digital currency that has captured international attention as well as address key developments such as the rise of bitcoin exchanges, intensive competition in “mining” new bitcoins, increasing investment in bitcoin-related businesses and the regulatory framework for bitcoins.
Friday, Jan. 31, 10:45 – 11:15 a.m.

“Snooping, Spying and Cyber Espionage: Civil Liberties vs. Theft of Trade Secrets” — This session will look at the history of wiretapping by governments around the world and assess the current technology protocols imposed by various governments for facilitating eavesdropping and the effects on private industry.
Friday, Jan. 31, 1:15 – 2 p.m.

“Long-Term Post-Snowden Reform Proposals for the Executive and Legislative Branches” —Former Department of Homeland Security counsel David Delaney, now a professor at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law and senior fellow at the school’s Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research, will suggest long-term reform objectives for U.S. cyber intelligence programs that can better accomplish strategic national interests while preserving the rule of law. He will also comment on proposals from Congress, the President’s Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies, and the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board.
Jan. 31, 3:45 – 5 p.m.

A complete agenda can be found online.

This event is free and open to members of the press. For media credentialing, please contact Emily Ortman at

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