Timothy H. Edgar is a former national security and intelligence official, cybersecurity expert, privacy lawyer and civil liberties activist. Edgar joined the American Civil Liberties Union shortly before the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and spent five years fighting in Congress against abuses in the “war on terror.” He left the ACLU to try to make a difference by going inside America’s growing surveillance state – a story he tells in Beyond Snowden: Privacy, Mass Surveillance and the Struggle to Reform the NSA.
In 2006, Edgar became the intelligence community’s first deputy for civil liberties, advising the director of national intelligence during the George W. Bush administration. In 2009, after President Barack Obama announced the creation of a new National Security Council position “specifically dedicated to safeguarding the privacy and civil liberties of the American people,” Edgar moved to the White House, where he advised Obama on privacy issues in cybersecurity policy.
In 2013, Edgar left government for Brown University to help launch its professional cybersecurity degree program, and is now a senior fellow at Brown’s Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs. Edgar also works to help companies navigate cybersecurity problems, and is on the advisory board of Virtru, which offers simple encryption software for businesses and individuals.
Edgar has been profiled by CNN’s Christiane Amanpour and his work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, the Guardian, Foreign Affairs, and Wired, and he is a contributing editor to “Lawfare: Hard National Security Choices.” Edgar was a law clerk to Judge Sandra Lynch, United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Dartmouth College.
September 6, 2017
Senior Fellow Tim Edgar wrote an op-ed about the implications of Edward Snowden's decision to disclose National Security Agency practices and why any reforms of the NSA's surveillance programs must protect the privacy of all people around the world, not just those of American nationality.
August 14, 2017
In a story that examines whether President Trump’s tweets violate Twitter’s terms of service, senior fellow Tim Edgar comments on the likelihood of Twitter banning him.
August 1, 2017
Dan Yorke State of Mind
On Monday, senior fellow Timothy Edgar joined Dan Yorke State of Mind for a discussion on the replacement of Reince Priebus with General John F. Kelly as Whitehouse Chief of Staff as well as the external image the United States is currently projecting.
June 16, 2017
Dan Yorke State of Mind
Senior Fellow Timothy Edgar and sociology professor Michael Kennedy joined Dan Yorke to discuss this week's happenings in the Trump Administration.
June 10, 2017
Timothy Edgar co-authors a piece for Lawfare Blog, "There has been some suggestion that, by sharing the details of presidential communications, Comey violated “executive privilege.” Executive privilege is a rather murky concept, but it doesn’t really apply to this situation."
June 9, 2017
The Dan Yorke Show
Senior Fellow Timothy Edgar joined WPRO's Dan Yorke Show to discuss the testimony of former FBI Director, James Comey.
May 24, 2017
Senior Fellow Timothy Edgar discusses why former national security adviser Michael Flynn has decided to take the Fifth Amendment and is refusing to cooperate with the Senate Intelligence Committee’s investigation into Russian interference in the U.S. election.
Dec 2, 2016
Feb 24, 2016
4 p.m. Joukowsky Forum