The current discourse on platform governance and data regulation has tended to frame the issue as one mainly of privacy. However, with private companies collecting, handling and thus making themselves responsible for safely storing citizens' data, limiting the debate in such a way largely ignores how security issues can manifest as broader national security concerns. On April 16 at 11AM (EDT), the Digital Trade and Data Governance Hub Webinar Series will examine “Why has data become a national security issue?.” Speakers will include Carrie Cordero, Robert M. Gates Senior Fellow and General Counsel at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), Colonel Sarah Albrycht, Senior Military Fellow, CNAS and Colonel in the US Army, and Susan Aaronson, Director of the Digital Trade and Data Governance Hub and Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) Senior Fellow. This discusstion will be moderated by Aaron Shull, Managing Director and General Counsel at CIGI.
This event is co-sponsored by the Center for a New American Security. While this conversation will be on the record, please note that Colonel Abrycht’s views are her own, and do not reflect the official position of the Department of the Army, Department of Defense or the U.S. government. Each speaker will present for 7 minutes and then answer questions from the audience. Please register in advance (Zoom invite link will be sent by email 24 hours prior to the webinar) and email questions to [email protected] in advance as well.
For a quick overview of the speakers' perspectives, we encourage you to review the following articles:
- The National Security Imperative of Protecting User Data (Carrie Cordero - CNAS, Apr. 24, 2019)
- When the homefront becomes the (cyber) front line (Colonel Sarah Albrycht - Fifth Domain, Feb. 3, 2020)
- Inadequate data protection: A threat to economic and national security (Susan Aaronson - VoxEU, Feb. 5, 2020)
Susan Ariel Aaronson is a CIGI senior fellow. She is an expert in international trade, digital trade, corruption and good governance, and human rights.
Colonel Albrycht is a United States Army officer with over 24 years of experience in military policing, and a Senior Military Fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). She is an expert in the use of policing in both peace and war; spanning domestic, humanitarian, and combat operations. COL Albrycht led numerous initiatives to provide senior Army leaders with recommendations and context on the prevention, investigation, and effect of crime within the Army. She has experience in detention operations, Law of Armed Conflict, biometric/forensic enterprises, identity management, benefits delivery and talent management.
Carrie Cordero is the Robert M. Gates Senior Fellow and General Counsel at the Center for a New American Security. Her research and writing interests focus on intelligence community oversight, transparency, surveillance, cybersecurity and related national and homeland security law and policy issues. She is also an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown Law and a CNN legal and national security analyst.
A practising lawyer, Aaron Shull is CIGI’s managing director and general counsel. In addition to advising on a range of domestic legal and corporate matters, he has substantive expertise in international law, global security and internet governance.