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The Usual Suspects: Bias in Government Surveillance

At The Usual Suspects: Bias in Government Surveillance, our expert panel discussed the profound impacts of the government's immense surveillance practices and the different ways it affects different people. The event took place on November 30th, 2016, in Rayburn HOB, room 2226.


  • Alvaro Bedoya, moderator, executive director of the Center on Privacy & Technology at Georgetown Law;
  • Sakira Cook, counsel at The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights;
  • Chinyere´ Tutashinda, national organizer at the Center for Media Justice;
  • Xiaoxing Xi, professor and former chairman of Temple University's Physics Department and an innocent target of government surveillance; and
  • Harlan Yu, principal and technologist at Upturn.

If you don't have time to watch the whole panel, be sure to listen to Professor Xi's story — one of unjust prosecution, spying, and raids. The audio of Professor Xi's introduction is louder in this version, as well.

Sean Vitka