Timothy H. Edgar is a visiting fellow at the Institute. His work focuses on the unique policy challenges posed by growing global cyber conflict, particularly in reconciling security interests with fundamental values, including privacy and Internet freedom. He is also a contributing editor to "Lawfare: Hard National Security Choices," published in cooperation with the Brookings Institution.
Mr. Edgar served under President Obama from 2009 to 2010 as the first director of privacy and civil liberties for the White House National Security Staff, focusing on cybersecurity, open government, and data privacy initiatives. From 2006 to 2009, he was the first deputy for civil liberties for the director of national intelligence, reviewing new surveillance authorities, the terrorist watchlist, and other sensitive programs. From 2010 to 2012, he was counsel for the information sharing environment, which facilitates the secure sharing of terrorism-related information.
Prior to his government service, Mr. Edgar was the national security and immigration counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union from 2001 to 2006, where he spearheaded the organization's innovative left- right coalition advocating for safeguards for a number of post-9/11 counterterrorism initiatives, including the USA Patriot Act. He frequently testified before Congress and appeared in major television, radio, and print media.
Recent publications include “The Good News About Spying: Obama, the NSA and the Future of Intelligence,” Foreign Affairs (April 13, 2015), “Obama’s Former Privacy Director Decries America’s Data Security,” Wired (Jan. 21, 2015), “Big Transparency for the NSA” (op-ed), Wall Street Journal (Aug. 1, 2013), and a chapter in The ABA Cybersecurity Handbook (Rhodes and Polley, eds., American Bar Association 2013).
Mr. Edgar was a law clerk to Judge Sandra Lynch, United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. He has a JD from Harvard Law School, where he served on the Harvard Law Review, and an AB from Dartmouth College.
March 24, 2016
Timothy Edgar, senior fellow at the Watson Institute, and Marc Genest, of the Naval War College, discuss the attack on Brussels and security measures moving forward.
March 23, 2016
Senior Fellow Timothy Edgar on Lawfare, "Who might serve on such a European counterterrorism commission? Members should have the stature to demand answers from European security agencies and command the respect of the public."
February 25, 2016
Timothy Edgar, senior fellow at the Watson Institute, comments on the continuing legal battle between Apple and the FBI.
February 18, 2016
The Washington Post
Timothy Edgar comments on Apple's refusal to help the FBI access encrypted data on the iPhone of one of the gunmen from the December 2014 San Bernadino attack.
February 5, 2016
Timothy Edgar in Computer World, "Companies that were part of Safe Harbor should continue to honor the privacy commitments they made under that agreement, because the Privacy Shield, at least as it has been described so far, is very similar."
January 25, 2016
Tim Edgar is one of the university leaders of the Executive Master in Cybersecutive program that integrates technology, policy, business and human factors, and is designed for mid-career professionals.
January 15, 2016
Feb 24, 2016
4 p.m. Joukowsky Forum
May 27, 2015
12 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.