• Upcoming Talks and Events

    Sept. 15: The Future of Speech Online, Washington D.C.

    Oct. 27-29: Mozilla Festival 2017, London.

    Nov.17-19: Data for Black Lives, Boston.

    Read about past events below.

  • Life in a Quantified Society

  • Justice Codes Symposium

  • Chicago Humanities Festival: Citizens Under Surveillance

  • C-Span: Interview with Edward Snowden

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  • Strata Keynote: Is Privacy Becoming a Luxury Good?

  • Privacy Panel at the Aspen Ideas Festival

    I joined FTC Commissioner Julie Brill and Quartz editor-in-chief Kevin Delaney at the Aspen Ideas Festival in CO to talk about privacy, tracking, and due process:

    See more clips from the panel discussion here.

  • PBS: What Do Data Brokers Really Know?

    While at the Aspen Ideas Festival in CO, I sat down with PBS’s Hari Sreenivasan to discuss what kinds of information data brokers gather about us, how they use it, and what we can do about it. Read a transcript of our conversation, or watch the video below.

  • Frontline’s “United States of Secrets”

    I appeared on PBS Frontline’s two-part series on privacy and mass surveillance in the U.S.  You can watch me on part two of the program, which aired on May 20, 2014. (Part one aired May 13.) Or, read transcripts from both segments.

    I also joined Frontline’s Sarah Childress and Hanni Fakhoury, a senior attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, for a roundtable discussion on how to protect yourself and your data online:

  • Appearance on ABC’s “This Week”

    I appeared on ABC’s “This Week” with privacy researcher Ashkan Soltani to discuss how indiscriminate surveillance both on- and offline is creating a world where it will be impossible not to be found.

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  • Stanford Law School Lecture

    I visited my hometown of Palo Alto, CA to speak about Dragnet Nation at Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet and Society. Check out my lecture, followed by a Q&A with the audience:

  • Roundtable at the New America Foundation

    I gave a lecture at the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute in Washington D.C., followed by a roundtable discussion with Kevin Bankston and Lina Khan. I also fielded insightful questions from the audience, including one on a favorite topic: How I instill good privacy habits in my two children.

    Watch the full video below.

  • Interview With Bill Moyers

    Catch me on Moyers & Company, where I sat down with Bill Moyers for a discussion about why mass data collection has not made us safer, how journalists are the “canaries in the coal mine” in our era of surveillance, and more.

    Read a transcript here, or watch the full interview below.

  • Constitution Center in Philadelphia

    On March 10, I sat down with Jeffrey Rosen at a town hall event at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. )

  • 60 Minutes Overtime

    I appeared on a segment of “60 Minutes Overtime,” where I shared some of my experiences trying to evade data brokers while researching Dragnet Nation. Read a summary, or watch the full segment below.

  • Interview

    I spoke with‘s Andrew Leonard about writing Dragnet Nation, Edward Snowden, and the marketplace for privacy. Here’s an excerpt from our conversation:

    Why did you write this book?

    I’ve been on this beat for four years. I wrote the book because I felt that all my stories were really scary — they are tracking you here, they are tracking you there — but they weren’t actionable; in other words, people couldn’t figure out what to do about it. I was hopeful a book could provide some advice.

    What was it like to be working on the book when the Snowden bombshells started to fall?

    I still remember where was I standing when the first Snowden revelation about the Verizon secret order for the phone dragnet came out. My whole world was just turned upside down. I had been chasing that story because I had heard that that it was true. A lot of people that followed this issue had suspected it was going on, but no one had ever seen the proof. It was just mindboggling to see how vast it was. And then what happened after that, the continual flow, I mean even to this day, every week, there has been a new revelation.

    Read the full interview, along with a review of Dragnet Nation, on

  • Talk at the Brennan Center

    On February 26th, I spoke about Dragnet Nation at the Brennan Center for Justice in New York.

  • Leonard Lopate Show Appearance

    Hear me on the Leonard Lopate Show on WNYC in New York, or read a summary here.

  • Appearance on CBS This Morning

    I sat down with the hosts of CBS This Morning to discuss data brokers, deleting Facebook friends, and other attempts to erase my digital footprint.

  • Appearance on NPR’s “Fresh Air”

    I spoke with NPR’s Dave Davies on February 24, sharing an excerpt from Dragnet Nation and explaining why in the current climate of  indiscriminate tracking, privacy is becoming a luxury good.

    Read a summary, or listen to the full interview below.

  • Wall Street Journal Interview

    On February 21, I spoke with The Wall Street Journal‘s Simon Constable about protecting kids’ privacy online.

    Click here for more recent talks and appearances.

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