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Klein Assesses the State of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act

November 8, 2021

In a recent article published in Lawfare, the Strauss Center’s Adam Klein discusses the state of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA, in light of a recent report by the Department of Justice Inspector General.   FISA requires the government to obtain a court order before conducting electronic surveillance or clandestine physical searches in the United States for national-security purposes—for example, to monitor the telephone or email of a suspected foreign spy.    The Inspector General found that the FBI repeatedly failed to follow procedures meant to ensure that applications submitted to the FISA Court, which…

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Strauss Fellow Kian on What Cryptocurrencies Accomplish and How They Should be Regulated

November 2, 2021

Sina Kian, Fellow in the Strauss Center’s Program on Technology, Security, and Global Affairs, recently published a two-part series on the fundamentals of cryptocurrencies. Part 1 explains why cryptocurrencies are an essential part of how blockchains work — and why Americans should care about fostering a policy and business environment that allows blockchain innovation to flourish. Part 2 discussed whether cryptocurrencies should be considered “securities” under the federal securities laws. Kian notes that, in most cases, “the structure of the securities laws is inconsistent with applying them to decentralized cryptocurrencies.”  The piece concludes by…

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Klein on How Surveillance and Privacy Experts Can Help Improve Policy

October 28, 2021

Adam Klein, Director of the Strauss Center’s Program on Technology, Security, and Global Affairs and former Chairman of the U.S. Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB), recently published an article on Just Security entitled “Surveillance and Privacy Scholars: Four Things the Government Needs From You.”   In the article, Klein draws on his recent time in government to suggest four areas where new ideas from surveillance and privacy scholars are needed to help improve policy:  1. Screening and vetting programs, such the Secure Flight program operated by TSA, which quietly screen millions of…

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Klein Discusses Recent Controversies Surrounding the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA)

October 18, 2021

Adam Klein, Director of the Strauss Center’s Program on Technology, Security, and Global Affairs and Deputy Director of the Strauss Center, joined the Lawfare Podcast with Jacob Schulz and Benjamin Wittes to discuss the Justice Department inspector general’s recent report on the FBI’s mishandling of FISA applications. The podcast discusses the roles of FBI and the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court in monitoring suspected foreign agents inside the United States. Klein also discusses the history of FISA and why it has become so controversial in recent years, along with possible reforms to…

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Klein, Director of the Program on Technology, Security, and Global Affairs, Discusses Counterterrorism Surveillance

July 28, 2021

Adam Klein, Director of the Strauss Center’s Program on Technology, Security, and Global Affairs, as well as the Deputy Director, and former Chairman of the U.S. Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB), was recently featured in a Lawfare Live episode with Benjamin Wittes. In this episode, Klein dives into his experience as Chairman of the PCLOB, paying special attention to his review of applications for electronic surveillance under the Foreign Intelligence Service Act (FISA). Klein and Wittes also discuss a white paper Klein recently published on the same topic.  Klein began the conversation by explaining…

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Adam Klein Joins Strauss as Director of New Program on Technology, Security, and Global Affairs, and as Strauss’ Deputy Director

June 21, 2021

Adam Klein, who most recently served as the Chairman of the United States Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, has joined the Strauss Center at the University of Texas as Director of our new Program on Technology, Security, and Global Affairs, and also as the Center’s Deputy Director. His research will focus on how governments around the world use emerging technologies to pursue their security goals, and how those choices affect U.S. interests and alliances. Adam also will be a lecturer at the School of Law, where his teaching will focus on counterterrorism, national…

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