What is the most surprising discovery a law firm partner makes when he jumps to the National Security Agency? I direct that and other questions at Glenn Gerstell, who has just finished six months in the job as General Counsel at the National Security Agency. In the news roundup, we begin, of course, with the… Continue Reading
The Second Annual Triple Entente Beer Summit again filled the Washington Firehouse loft with an audience at least as knowledgeable as the panel, which consisted of Ben Wittes, Shane Harris, Stewart Baker, Tamara Cofman Wittes, and Alan Cohn. The Triple Entente Beer Summit brings together members of the Lawfare, Rational Security, and the Steptoe Cyberlaw podcasts.
Anyone who has tried to explain bitcoin around their kitchen table knows that it is not easy to put your finger on what exactly the technology is. Because of their innovative nature, digital currencies don’t have obvious analogs or fit easily into existing categories. Bitcoin is part currency, part digital payment system, and part immutable… Continue Reading
Next Thursday, February 18, from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Alan Cohn and I will be speaking at the “2016 Triple Entente Beer Summit” at the Old Engine 12 Firehouse Restaurant (1626 North Capitol Street Northwest, Washington, DC). This will be the second annual live recording of the three podcasts – Steptoe Cyberlaw Podcast, Lawfare Podcast, and Rational… Continue Reading
We devote episode 100 to “section 702” intelligence – the highly productive counterterrorism program that collects data on foreigners from data stored on US servers. What’s remarkable about the program is its roots: President Bush’s decision to ignore the clear language of FISA and implement collection without judicial approval. That decision has now been ratified… Continue Reading
Our guest is Amit Ashkenazi, whom I interviewed while in Israel. Amit is Legal Advisor of The Israel National Cyber Bureau and a former general counsel to Israel’s data protection agency. Israel is drafting its own cybersecurity act, and we discuss what if anything that country can learn from the US debate – and what… Continue Reading