When “Trust Us” Isn’t Enough: Government Surveillance in a Post-Snowden World

Many of the big Internet companies whose services, applications, and operating systems we all use, occupy a unique position of power. To surveil us, governments need their help. However, these companies and their advertising-supported business models require that we trust them with our sensitive, private data. In the wake of the NSA disclosures, that trust is vanishing.

Can the companies find a way to restore user trust without destroying their advertising-supported services? What happens when governments go nuclear and demand the companies' encryption keys?


  • Chris Soghoian is the Principal Technologist at the American Civil Liberties Union’s Speech, Privacy and Technology Project. He is also a Visiting Fellow at Yale Law School's Information Society Project. He served as the first ever in-house technologist at the Federal Trade Commission's Division of Privacy and Identity Protection.
  • Stephen Hubbell, of the Open Society Fellowship program, moderates.
Date: January 9, 2014
Time: 1:303:00 p.m.