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Constitutional Values and the Rule of Law in the AI Era: Confronting a Changing Threat Landscape

The Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society |  September 24, 2021

This event was part of a three-part symposium on Security, Privacy, and Innovation: Reshaping Law for the AI Era. The second session of the symposium focused on how AI-enabled technologies are changing the threat landscape and consider safeguards needed to protect constitutional values and the rule of law more broadly. An expert legal panel considered issues such as the adequacy of the Fourth Amendment in the AI era; the unique equities and issues raised by government use of AI in the intelligence, law enforcement, and border security contexts; and growing concerns around algorithmic bias, biometric technologies, deep fakes, malign information, and other AI-enabled cyber activities, and the need for regulation to address these challenges.

Allies, Enemies, and the Homefront Part 1: The National Security Implications of Antitrust

National Security Institute |  August 26, 2021

The first of a four-part series hosted by the National Security Institute (NSI) examining the national security implications of antitrust challenges at home and abroad. This first event provides an introduction of domestic and international antitrust laws, examine the role of the U.S. tech industry in promoting U.S. national security and economic interests, including providing historical frameworks leading up to the current call by U.S. lawmakers to introduce antitrust lawsuits to protect consumers here in the United States.

Kaseya Ransomeware Attack — a Sign of Things to Come

CNN |  July 6, 2021

Glenn Gerstell discusses the Kaseya ransomware attack and its implications.

Fmr. NSA General Counsel: Cyberattacks are a ‘huge problem’

MSNBC Andrea Mitchell Reports |  June 7, 2021

Former NSA general counsel Glenn Gerstell joins Andrea Mitchell to discuss the wave of recent cyberattacks, and what the U.S. should do to combat them.

USAID Hack: Former NSA Official Calls U.S. Cyber Insecurity A ‘Chronic Disease’

NPR |  May 30, 2021

“NPR’s Michel Martin speaks with Glenn Gerstell, the former general counsel for the National Security Agency, about the recent cyberattack that Microsoft says targeted government agencies.”

The Cybersecurity 202: The Defense Department isn’t armed to combat the growing threat of information warfare, experts warn

Washington Post |  April 30, 2021

“National security experts will warn Congress today that the U.S. government isn’t doing enough to fight back against the growing national security threat of information warfare aimed at sowing distrust in the U.S. government at home and abroad”…read more

After A Major Hack, U.S. Looks To Fix A Cyber ‘Blind Spot’

NPR Morning Edition |  April 6, 2021

“The National Security Agency considers itself the world’s most formidable cyber power, with an army of computer warriors who constantly scan the wired world. Yet by law, the NSA only collects intelligence abroad, and not inside the U.S. U.S. rivals like Russia are aware of this blind spot and know how to exploit it…”

The Tech Threat Matrix: Disinformation, Cybersecurity, and Geopolitics with Glenn Gerstell, former NSA General Counsel

The Burn Bag Podcast |  April 5, 2021

“We begin the conversation by getting Glenn’s thoughts on why he believes that online disinformation is a national security threat, why cyber-propelled disinformation is very different from the spread of ‘old-fashioned’ propaganda, and whether the 2020 Election’s disinformation was primarily bolstered by Russia or domestic actors…”

Fmr. top NSA lawyer on how to fight the national security threat of disinformation online

MSNBC |  February 18, 2021

“Glenn Gerstell, the National Security Agency’s former general counsel joins Andrea Mitchell to talk about actions that need to be taken to stop the spread of misinformation online, including about vaccines. ‘For many, many years anti-vaccination websites have enjoyed a field day on Facebook for quite some time, fueling their falsehoods about the efficacy of vaccines,’ he says…”

Gerstell talks with CNN New Day’s Christi Paul about election security and disinformation two days before the November 3 general election.
Former NSA General Counsel: “America’s Elections are More Secure than you Think”

CNN New Day |  November 1, 2020

Gerstell talks with CNN New Day’s Christi Paul about election security and disinformation two days before the November 3 general election…watch the segment

Articles by Glenn

Pushing Putin Won’t Solve America’s Ransomware Problem

Barron’s |  July 13, 2021

“President Joe Biden has taken forceful and public efforts to address the ever-worsening scourge of Russian-based ransomware attacks. By taking ownership of the issue, however, he inadvertently reduces the pressure on the two groups that can fix the problem: Congress and the private sector…” read more

China Is the Elephant in the Room as Europe Targets American Tech

Barron’s |  June 7, 2021

“Managing competition with an ever more assertive China isn’t expressly on the agenda for President Biden’s meetings this week with European leaders. But the issue of how best to counter China will nonetheless percolate through their deliberations, surely influencing the expected American agreement to Europe’s proposal for a new EU-U.S. Trade and Technology Council…” read more

There’s a Big Gap in Our Cyber Defenses. Here’s How to Close It.

Politico |  April 19, 2021

“Foreign adversaries who use U.S. servers are hiding in plain sight, but we can unveil them without violating the Constitution…” read more

We Can Take Advantage of the Russian Hack. Here’s How.

Politico |  December 22, 2020

“It’s unrealistic to think we’ll be able to detect and stop every future attack; yet there are bolder steps the government can take now that will make a big difference in protecting its vital information and systems and aiding the private sector…” read more

The National-Security Case for Fixing Social Media

The New Yorker |  November 13, 2020

“On Wednesday, July 15th, shortly after 3 p.m., the Twitter accounts of Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Warren Buffett, Michael Bloomberg, Kanye West, and other politicians and celebrities began behaving strangely…” read more

Among the Election Winners: Disinformation, By a Landslide

Barron’s |  November 3, 2020

“The Election Day results aren’t all in, but already there are three clear winners: disinformation by a landslide, early voting by a clear majority, and governmental security steps by a significant margin…” read more

America’s Elections Are More Secure Than You Think

Barron’s  |  October 30, 2020

“Chances are we will soon look back on the 2020 elections as the most secure in our history. There will probably be delays, disputes, and disinformation. But actual large-scale chicanery with the balloting or tabulation won’t be among the problems…” read more

To Prevent the Next Pandemic, Global Spy Agencies Must Join Forces With the WHO

Newsweek  |  June 8, 2020 (co-authored with Jamie Metzl)

“To prevent this type of total systems failure from happening again, we need a better way to stop deadly pathogenic outbreaks in their tracks at the earliest moment. The bad news is that we can’t do that under the current global health system. The good news is that the solution is within our grasp…” read more

Public Surveillance to Keep Us Healthy and Protect Our Privacy

Center for Strategic and International Studies  |  April 16, 2020

“If the Black Death in 1348 and the Spanish Flu in 1918 accelerated existing but nascent societal trends, what developments will the Covid-19 pandemic jump-start? While some developments will be revealed only retrospectively, one is immediately manifest: public health requirements will force us to decide just how much technology-fueled surveillance we really want…” read more

Four ways U.S. intelligence efforts should change in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic

The Washington Post  |  April 7, 2020

“While intelligence professionals must continue working as usual during the coronavirus crisis, their jobs must change post-crisis in four fundamental ways: The scope of mission must be broadened; public information relied on much more; taxpayer dollars used with greater effectiveness; and our battle against foreign disinformation intensified…” read more

I Work for the N.S.A. We Cannot Afford to Lose the Digital Revolution

The New York Times |  September 10, 2019

“The threats of cyberattack and hypersonic missiles are two examples of easily foreseeable challenges to our national security posed by rapidly developing technology. It is by no means certain that we will be able to cope with those two threats, let alone the even more complicated and unknown challenges presented by the general onrush of technology — the digital revolution or so-called Fourth Industrial Revolution — that will be our future for the next few decades…” read more

Media About Glenn

What Does it Take to Lead NSA’s Legal Team?

ADD Docket  |  July 29, 2020

“It is an organization both respected and feared: the US National Security Agency (NSA). From its humble beginnings as a US Army unit charged with decrypting enemy codes during World War I, today’s NSA stands at the forefront of technology, privacy, and national security issues. It has played crucial roles in protecting the United States from foreign threats. But the NSA’s mass surveillance programs, as authorized by statutes such as the US Patriot Act, have also spawned great alarm. In an agency subject to increasing public scrutiny, what does it take to lead the NSA’s Office of General Counsel?”…read more

The Cybersecurity 202: Government may be too slow to tackle cyberthreats, outgoing NSA attorney warns

The Washington Post  |  February 3, 2020

“New forms of ‘unconventional’ thinking are critical when it comes to the risks of hacking threats from China and other U.S. adversaries on American systems. The speed at which technology advances cannot be underestimated, nor can the threat that hacks pose to American national privacy and security. 30 year old laws and regulations on cybersecurity and tech firms will need to be updated soon, before technology fully outpaces legislation…” read more

NSA’s top lawyer on surveillance and new challenges coming with 5G network

CBS News  |  April 3, 2019

“The inherent legal, ethical, and societal implications implicit in the advent of 5G networks and other rapid technological changes are immense, and new rounds of privacy definitions and considerations must follow with due diligence if the US is to keep up with the changes. Gerstell also explains the NSA’s new take on transparency in the era of agencies and corporations being held accountable by audiences across the globe, and how they plan to navigate the space between keeping information safe and secure, and align sure the American public’s constitutional rights remain protected…” read more

Transcript: Glenn Gerstell talks with Michael Morell on “Intelligence Matters”

CBS News  |  Intelligence Matters podcast, April 3, 2019

A discussion with Michael Morell, former Acting Director of the C.I.A.…read more

Lawyer Limelight: Glenn Gerstell

Lawdragon  |  November 2, 2016

Interview with Glenn Gerstell…read more