Lawyers, journalists, technologist discuss report from president’s panel on intelligence and communications


The report and recommendations from the president’s Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies will be discussed by a member of the Review Group as well as legal, journalism and technology experts at a Jan. 24 event hosted by the Medill National Security Journalism Initiative and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.

The discussion will be held on Friday, Jan. 24 from 9-10:30 a.m. in the Holeman Lounge at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.  Panelists for the event, which will include discussion of how the report’s recommendations affect journalists, will be:

Geoffrey R. Stone, the Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago and a member of the president’s Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies.

  • Barton Gellman, a senior fellow at the Century Foundation and contributor to The Washington Post.
  • Siobhan Gorman, a reporter for The Wall Street Journal covering terrorism, counterterrorism and intelligence.
  • Karen Kaiser, associate general counsel for The Associated Press.
  • Sascha Meinrath, vice president of the New America Foundation and director of the Open Technology Institute.

The panel will be introduced by Bruce Brown, executive director of the Reporters Committee. The moderator will be Ellen Shearer, the William F. Thomas Professor in the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, based in the school’s Washington Program, and co-director of the school’s National Security Journalism initiative and interim director of the Washington Program.

To RSVP online go to For more information, contact Shearer at or 202-661-0102.

About the Medill National Security Journalism Initiative:

The NSJ program provides journalists-in-training and working journalists with the knowledge and skills necessary to report accurately, completely and with context on events and issues related to defense, security and civil liberties. The initiative has created unique undergraduate and graduate classes in various aspects of national security coverage, a post-graduate three-month investigative project, a fellowship in cooperation with the Center for Public Integrity, a series of webinars and events to help educate or train professional journalists and an annual conference with top national security experts. For more information, go to or @natseczone.

About the Reporters Committee

Founded in 1970, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press offers free legal support to thousands of working journalists and media lawyers each year. It is a leader in the fight against persistent efforts by government officials to impede the release of public information, whether by withholding documents or threatening reporters with jail. In addition to its 24/7 Legal Defense Hotline, the Reporters Committee conducts cutting-edge legal research, publishes handbooks and guides on media law issues, files frequent friend-of-the-court legal briefs and offers challenging fellowships and internships for young lawyers and journalists. For more information, go to, or follow us on Twitter @rcfp.

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