Tech Titans and National Security: West Coast Edition

Sponsored by Hoover Institution


Thursday, January 17, 2019
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
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Hoover Institution- David & Joan Traitel Building- Hauck Auditorium
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A Conference Co-Sponsored by International & National Security Law Practice Group, National Security Institute at George Mason University and The Hoover Institution at Stanford University

This National Security Symposium is being sponsored by the Federalist Society’s International & National Security Law Practice Group, the National Security Institute at George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School and The Hoover Institution at Stanford University.

The leading technology and Internet-based companies are dominant forces in the economic and cultural development of the era. They also have a vital role to play in cybersecurity and national security. This Symposium will bring together a range of people at the vital center of developing rules and parameters on these issues to debate and discuss how we might succeed in this area.  

This event is free of charge.


Registration and Lunch

12:00 noon  Blount Hall

Panel I — The Tech Titans' Role in Cybersecurity

1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.  — Hauck Auditorium

This panel will focus on questions such as what measures major companies can take, individually or collectively, to prevent, detect, mitigate and halt imminent or in-progress cyberattacks, such as the WannaCry attack, which spread around the globe, infecting over 200,000 computers in more than 150 countries. What else can they do to enhance collective cybersecurity? What resources are available to them? What other resources are needed? What legal protections are necessary and appropriate?  


Prof. Richard Epstein, Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Law; Director, Classical Liberal Institute, New York University School of Law

Prof. Jamil N. Jaffer, Adjunct Professor, NSI Founder, Director, National Security Law & Policy Program, Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University and Visting Fellow, Hoover Institution 

Ms. Katie Moussouris, Founder and CEO, Luta Security

Mr. Mark Ryland, Director, Office of the CISO, Amazon Web Services

Jacob Crisp, Director of Cybersecurity Policy at Microsoft

2:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. — Hauck Auditorium

It is difficult to imagine any criminal acts, espionage, or terrorism that does not leave some form of cyber fingerprints. As corporate citizens, to what extent can and should the companies cooperate in supporting criminal, intelligence, and counterintelligence operations? What should their duties be, if any, to combat information warfare conducted by foreign governments or terrorist organizations? What incentives can be created to encourage them? What are the challenges to working collaboratively with the government on these issues? Are compliance regimes necessary and, if not, how should we ensure that companies and the government are able to work together effectively on such issues?


Mr. Matthew R. A. Heiman, Senior Fellow, National Security Institute, Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University

Mr. Matt Olsen, Chief Trust and Security Officer, Uber

Hon. Ted Ullyot, former General Counsel, Facebook

Prof. John C. Yoo, Emanuel Heller Professor of Law, University of California, Berkeley 

Closing Reception 

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. — Pavilion

Continuing Legal Education credits will be offered for California attorneys. 

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