The Texas Law Review and the Strauss Center welcomed Admiral Michael McConnell, former Director of National Intelligence, on February 4, 2010 to deliver the keynote address for the Texas Law Review Symposium entitled Law At the Intersection of National Security, Privacy, and Technological Change. Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar Robert Chesney provided opening remarks for the three-day symposium and welcomed Admiral McConnell. Admiral McConnell discussed the impending threat of a large-scale cyber attack, which he said could rival the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor in terms of destructiveness. Admiral McConnell also discussed the delicate balance that must be struck between national security interests and individual privacy.
Over the course of the symposium, panels addressed topics such as technology policy, issues raised by the use of sophisticated technology in furtherance of criminal investigation and prosecution, the use of accountability mechanisms to preserve privacy rights in the face of evolving surveillance technology, cyber security and network operations and the media’s role in striking the balance between security and privacy. Panelists and speakers included Department of Justice attorneys, intelligence community officials, civil liberties attorneys, business entrepreneurs, journalists and academics.