Law Review fall symposium: New Technology & Old Law: Rethinking National Security

October 20, 2014

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Texas A&M Law Review presented the all-day symposium, “New Technology and Old Law: Rethinking National Security” on Oct. 17. The symposium focused on how current events are shaping conversations about law as it relates to using technology. Professors and legal scholars from across the nation were present.

Texas A&M Law Review Symposium Keynote speaker William BanksSymposium keynote presenter William C. Banks, Board of Advisors Distinguished Professor and Director of the Institute for National Security & Counterterrorism at Syracuse University College of Law

Keynote speaker, William C. Banks, spoke about espionage and cyber theft in today’s changing world. “In the 21st century, everyone is eavesdropping on everyone else,” Banks said in his opening remarks after putting on a newly purchased Aggie long sleeved shirt to display his connection to the law school.

“The Internet has brought new dimensions to our lives. It expands our online vulnerability,” he said. “We can anticipate terrorist attacks, gain advantage in economic matters and even gain a competitive advantage in trade agreements,” he said.

Banks serves on the Board of Advisors as a Distinguished Professor at Syracuse University School of Law. He is a professor of public administration and international affairs as well as the director of the Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism.

The symposium featured four panels with topics including:

  • Drones & Asymmetric Warfare
  • Big Data & Mass Surveillance
  • Internet Privacy and Security
  • Emerging Topics in National Security

- Article by Daniella Wiedel, Communications Specialist at Texas A&M University School of Law. Photos by Christy Cleger, Marketing Coordinator at  Texas A&M University School of Law.