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Hanlon Was on NSA Board
Here’s something that I’d like to hear Phil Hanlon talk about at length in a Presidential lecture to the Dartmouth community: his thirteen years on the NSA Advisory Board. An excerpt of Phil’s 2009 CV:
Phil’s involvement with the Board is no secret. He has already commented on its activities in an article in the Chronicle of Higher Education:
One of the few academics to publicly acknowledge recent participation on the panel is Philip J. Hanlon, president of Dartmouth College.
He spent about 13 years on the board, until 2007, while a professor of mathematics at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor…
Even universities and researchers that aren’t interested in dealing directly with the NSA or doing classified work may be helping out, Mr. Hanlon said. That’s because the NSA often will try to “extract the mathematical question out of their problem,” widening the pool of university researchers who could work on it without getting involved in classified details, he said.
Leading areas of research include number theory, which is a source for encryption protocols; the development of algorithms and processes to more efficiently map and sort large amounts of data; the development of faster computers and better storage systems; and the testing of computer vulnerabilities…
The NSA may have other ways of using universities to further its agenda. The Johns Hopkins University, a leading recipient of classified-research dollars, made headlines last year when it asked Matthew D. Green, an assistant research professor of computer
science, to remove a blog posting that referred to news articles about leaked NSA documents concerning encryption technologies.
Mr. Green, who was later allowed to repost the item, said he is among those waiting for university researchers to reassess their ties to the NSA. “I know a lot of computer scientists who are upset about the NSA revelations,” he said. “But I haven’t seen any of this break out into a more coherent national debate.”
Phil is a good listener, and he stays on message, but he could teach us all a great deal — and establish greater credibility as a thinker and a public intellectual — if he were to share his experiences and thoughts regarding the NSA and Edward Snowden’s revelations. Over to you, Phil.
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
August 23, 2009
Fare Thee Well, Tom Crady
And now Dean Tom Crady has precipitously announced his departure from the College after only 20 months on the job. How to read this? By way of background, prior to coming to Dartmouth, Crady had…
May 31, 2009
Kangaroo Court, Indeed
In an interview with The Dartmouth, alumni-elected trustee T.J. Rodgers ‘70 explained his reasons for declining to participate in future evaluations of trustees up for “re-election,” namely the “kangaroo court” nature of such discussion in…