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National Security Law Today brings legal experts discussing the hot topics and current issues in the world of national security law right to your phone. Get information and advice for lawyers, law students or interested parties who want to dig deeper into the law that protects the country.

    The Power and Influence of Personal Data with Brandon Pugh

    The Power and Influence of Personal Data with Brandon Pugh

    Could the personal data of millions of Americans be our country's greatest national security treasure? This week, host Elisa is joined by Brandon Pugh, Policy Director and Resident Senior Fellow for the Cybersecurity and Emerging Threats team at the R Street Institute. Together, they discuss the silent behemoth that is online personal data collection and distribution. What could a foreign adversary do with our bulk data? And how close is Congress to passing a framework to address this growing threat?
    Brandon Pugh is Policy Director and Resident Senior Fellow for the R Street Institute’s Cybersecurity and Emerging Threats team

    References:
    Register to attend our June 28th luncheon program: "The National Security Constitution in the 21st Century: A discussion with Harold Hongju Koh"
    R Street Event, June 18th: "Cybersecurity: Tackling the Policy Puzzle"
    The AI Summit at Blackhat USA – August 6th 2024
    National Cyber Security Strategy, March 2023
    Microtargeting Unmasked: Safeguarding Law Enforcement, the Military, and the Nation in the Era of Personalized Threats
    The General Data Protection Regulation
    The American Privacy Rights Act (APRA)
    H.R.8152, American Data Privacy and Protection Act
    H.R.7520, Protecting Americans’ Data from Foreign Adversaries Act of 2024
    S. 1409, Kids Online Safety Act
    Cyber Civil Defense Initiative

    • 48 min
    Legal Outlook: U.S. Department of Homeland Security Addressing Threats and Leveraging Opportunities with Jonathan Meyer

    Legal Outlook: U.S. Department of Homeland Security Addressing Threats and Leveraging Opportunities with Jonathan Meyer

    On May 29th, the Standing Committee on Law and National Security hosted a luncheon featuring Jonathan Meyer, General Counsel for the DHS. Moderated by committee member Harvey Rishikof, Jonathan shared some of the department's key insights from the 2024 Homeland Threat Assessment, highlighting threats like foreign and domestic terrorism, immigration, cyber attacks, and the leveraging of AI technologies to create and spread disinformation. The following episode features his commentary from the event, as well as questions from the audience.
    Jonathan E. Meyer is General Counsel for the DHS
    Moderated by Harvey Rishikof, Senior Counselor of the ABA Standing Committee on Law and National Security

    References:
    C-SPAN: "Homeland Security General Counsel on Agency Priorities". May 29th, 2024
    "Homeland Threat Assessment 2024". The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Office of Intelligence and Analysis
    H.R. 815, "Emergency National Security Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2024"
    FISA, Section 230
    The General Data Protection Regulation

    • 37 min
    Security Lessons from Sci-Fi Worlds: Total Recall with Sunita Patel (Part 2)

    Security Lessons from Sci-Fi Worlds: Total Recall with Sunita Patel (Part 2)

    (Part 2 of 2) Continuing our series on the intersection of sci-fi and national security, host Elisa is joined by Sunita Patel, Senior Assistant General Counsel for Product Security at Micron. Together they unpack the 1990's film, Total Recall, exploring themes of memory, identity, and reality. What can sci-fi tales like Total Recall teach us about real "brain-computer" projects like Nuralink? And do we have the right agency to oversee this type of technology, taking all of its benefits and risks into account?

    Sunita Patel is the Senior Assistant General Counsel for Product Security at Micron

    References:
    Ramkumar, Amrith. “The Solar Breakthrough That Could Help the U.S. Compete with China.”The Wall Street Journal, 30 May 2024
    Rivkin, David, and Lee Casey. Opinion | Israel, Hamas and the Law of War, 29 May 2024
    Verhoeven, Paul. Total Recall. TriStar Pictures, 1990
    We Can Remember It for You Wholesale, by Philip K. Dick
    "Driving U.S. Innovation in Artificial Intelligence: A Roadmap for Artificial Intelligence Policy in the United States Senate." The Bipartisan Senate AI Working Group
    “AI Governance Needs Sociotechnical Expertise.” Data & Society. 15 May 2024
    Markoff, John. “Elon Musk’s Neuralink Wants ‘sewing Machine-like’ Robots to Wire Brains to the Internet.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 17 July 2019
    H.R. 4346, Chips and Science Act
    The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
    S. 2103, Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2024

    • 29 min
    Security Lessons from Sci-Fi Worlds: Total Recall with Sunita Patel (Part 1)

    Security Lessons from Sci-Fi Worlds: Total Recall with Sunita Patel (Part 1)

    Continuing our series on the intersection of sci-fi and national security, host Elisa is joined by Sunita Patel, Senior Assistant General Counsel for Product Security at Micron. Together they unpack the 1990's film, Total Recall, exploring themes of memory, identity, and reality. What can sci-fi tales like Total Recall teach us about real "brain-computer" projects like Neuralink ? And how could technologies like Neuralink impact society in the future, to include on topics of national security, medical care, cybersecurity policymaking, and privacy?

    Sunita Patel is the Senior Assistant General Counsel for Product Security at Micron

    References:
    Verhoeven, Paul. Total Recall. TriStar Pictures, 1990
    We Can Remember It for You Wholesale, by Philip K. Dick
    "Driving U.S. Innovation in Artificial Intelligence: A Roadmap for Artificial Intelligence Policy in the United States Senate." The Bipartisan Senate AI Working Group
    “AI Governance Needs Sociotechnical Expertise.” Data & Society. 15 May 2024
    Markoff, John. “Elon Musk’s Neuralink Wants ‘sewing Machine-like’ Robots to Wire Brains to the Internet.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 17 July 2019
    H.R. 4346, Chips and Science Act
    The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
    S. 2103, Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2024

    • 26 min
    Death of Iran's President, ICC Charges Israel and Hamas, and World on the Brink with Dimitri Alperovitch

    Death of Iran's President, ICC Charges Israel and Hamas, and World on the Brink with Dimitri Alperovitch

    This week, Elisa dives straight in with a quick national security news update, spotlighting the recent death of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, as well as the ICC announcement of war crime charges against both Israel and Hamas leaders in relation to the Oct. 7th attacks and aftermath. Following the news update, Elisa revisits a previously aired discussion with Dimitri Alperovitch, co-founder of Crowdstrike Inc. and a visionary in cybersecurity, on global power dynamics in the cyber realm.
    Dmitri Alperovitch is the Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of the Silverado Policy Accelerator, a non-profit focused on advancing American prosperity and global leadership in the 21st century and beyond:

    References:

    Alperovitch, Dmitri, and Garrett Graff. World on the Brink: How America Can Beat China in the Race for the 21st Century. PublicAffairs, 2024
    Listen in to Dimitri's podcast, "Geopolitics Decanted" by Silverado
    The CHIPS Act of 2022
    Alperovitch, Dmitri. “The Case for Cyber-Realism.” Foreign Affairs, 2022
    NSLT Ep. 277, "Justice on the World Stage: Inside the ICC with Cora True-Frost (Part 1)
    NSLT Ep. 277, "Justice on the World Stage: Inside the ICC with Cora True-Frost (Part 2)

    • 44 min
    News Roundup: Russia Advancing, U.S. Quantum Computing Breakthroughs, the AI Race, and more

    News Roundup: Russia Advancing, U.S. Quantum Computing Breakthroughs, the AI Race, and more

    Looking for the latest national security news? This week, Elisa breaks down recent national security related headlines, including Russia's advancement in Ukraine, major U.S. leaps in quantum computing, and a preview of next week's episode covering how your personal data, including DNA data, are quietly being bought and sold.

    References:

    "Russia intensifies Attacks on Ukraine's Kharkiv Region." Aljazeera. May 13 2024
    "Turkey's trade with Russia drops after U.S. pressure." Financial Times. April 30 2024
    E.O. 14081: Executive Order on Advancing Biotechnology and Biomanufacturing Innovation for a Sustainable, Safe, and Secure American Bioeconomy

    • 9 min

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