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.
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.
September 14, 2016
Tim Edgar in Lawfare Blog, "Snowden forced the NSA to become more transparent, more accountable, more protective of privacy—and more effective.
September 7, 2016
Timothy Edgar Testifies in the Snowden Inquiry
July 21, 2016
Tim Edgar comments on the Republican Party platform's cyber agenda that was released this week, coinciding with the start of the GOP Convention.
July 18, 2016
The Associated Press
As legislators grapple with how to address and define cyberattacks that could be considered acts of war, cyber conflict expert Timothy Edgar comments on the difficulty of attributing such attacks.
June 27, 2016
Following the announcement of the United Kingdom's departure from the European Union, Watson Institute senior fellow Timothy Edgar commented on how the Brexit could impact the cyber security space and pending policies.
Feb 24, 2016
4 p.m. Joukowsky Forum
May 27, 2015
12 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.