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Come Out of Your Shell, Phil.

Last week we commented on the fact that Phil Hanlon had been on the National Security Agency’s main internal advisory board, and we urged Phil to speak to the Dartmouth community about his experiences there. Well, lo and behold, the College’s Institute for Security, Technology, and Society (ISTS) has now announced that it has organized a spring speaker series entitled, “Surveillance in the Age of Big Data” (or is that Big Dada — Big Brother’s father?):

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Four speakers are listed in the program, but not our President. Phil, don’t hide your light under a bushel. We want to hear what you have to say about one of the urgent issues of our time.

Addendum: At a recent Presidential speech to alumni, a questioner asked about Phil’s membership on the NSA’s advisory board. Phil wouldn’t answer about his role on the board, but he did say that everything the NSA did was legal and approved through proper channels.

I hope that Phil has more to say about the NSA than that.

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