Upcoming Events

Get a Warrant: The 4th Amendment and Digital Data (SXSW Panel)

03/10/2017 @ All Day

Cellphone location data, troves of communication metadata, old emails, even license plates and images of citizens stored in databases: The digital era has brought about a drastic increase in the amount of info authorities are collecting while bypassing the limits on unwarranted search and seizure in the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution. In July 2016, a bipartisan pack of congressional lawmakers organized the Fourth Amendment Caucus to work legislatively to restore privacy protections from government intrusion in the digital age. This panel will focus on efforts to craft laws to solve these problems and the challenges that caucus members (and all digital privacy activists) face.

Specific time and location details to be announced.


Mike Godwin, R Street Institute

Neema Guliana, American Civil Liberties Union Foundation

Scott Shackford, Reason

Sean Vitka, Demand Progress

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Boom! Bringing Back Supersonic Flight (SXSW Panel)

03/12/2017 @ All Day

Boeing’s first jetliner, the 707, was introduced in 1958. Its cruising speed was around 600 MPH, still fast by today’s standards. A decade later, the Concorde came along. It could cruise at 1,350 MPH, and get you from New York to Paris in 3.5 hours (vs 8 hours normally). But today, there are no supersonic jets in operation. In 1973, the Federal Aviation Administration banned supersonic transport over the United States, fearing damage caused by sonic booms as well as other noise and environmental concerns. These concerns have since been debunked, but the development of supersonic tech has stagnated for years. Now, lighter, quieter planes promise to make supersonic flight great again.

Specific time and location details to be announced.


Amanda Farenthold, R Street Institute

Blake Scholl, Boom Technology

Eli Dourado, Mercatus Center

Mark Sanford, United States House of Representatives

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The Internet of Things You Don't Own (SXSW Panel)

03/15/2017 @ 12:00 am

Today’s consumer products—from phones and home appliances to vehicles and medical devices—integrate software code and network connectivity. This code doesn’t just offer new bells and whistles; it is essential to the basic functionality of many devices. But the license agreements that accompany these products typically insist that the code is licensed not sold. That means consumers no longer actually own the devices they buy. And as Nest’s treatment of Revolv customers proves, it leaves us vulnerable. This panel will explore the legal erosion of ownership, its implications for consumers, and ongoing efforts to resist these trends.

Specific time and location details forthcoming.


Andrea Matwyshyn, Northeastern University School of Law

Raza Panjwani, Public Knowledge

Aaron Perzanowski, Case Western Reserve University

Sasha Moss, R Street Institute

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