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.
December 5, 2016
A non-profit library based in the U.S. is pushing to build an internet archive of Canada's cultural materials in order to keep them safe and perpetually available amid concerns Donald Trump could restrict the flow of digital information over the Internet. Brown University's Timothy Edgar comments on the extent of the President-elect's powers in these matters.
November 30, 2016
The Christian Science Monitor
Timothy Edgar, senior fellow at Brown's Watson Institute, comments on the likelihood of American legislators adopting similar surveillance policies as the British Parliament, which has recently passed a controversial law that allows government officials to monitor the web surfing behaviors of Britons for suspected terrorists and cyber criminals.
November 18, 2016
The Christian Science Monitor
Timothy Edgar, senior fellow in international and public affairs, wrote an op-ed about internet surveillance in the United States entering a new era.
November 11, 2016
With the tech community fearful of what Donald Trump might do with his executive powers, many are considering moving their servers overseas. Tim Edgar of Brown University explains what the stunning win could mean for civil liberties and privacy.
November 10, 2016
With the newly elect-President destined to take the helm the Oval Office, surveillance experts warn his presidency could usher in new future in digital privacy. Timothy Edgar, senior fellow at the Watson Institute, comments on the looming challenges digital privacy pundits could face next.
October 26, 2016
Following a massive denial-of-service attack that effected the likes of Netflix, Twitter and Reddit on Friday, cybersecurity expert Timothy Edgar describes the scope of future cybersecurity threats and the feasibility of forcing organizations to take responsibility.
September 20, 2016
Tim Edgar, Senior Fellow, speaks to KCRW's Morning Edition on whether or not President Obama should grant Edward Snowden a pardon.
Feb 24, 2016
4 p.m. Joukowsky Forum
May 27, 2015
12 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.