Timothy H. Edgar is a visiting fellow at the Institute and adjunct professor of law at the Georgetown University Law Center. 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.
Mr. Edgar served under President Obama 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. He has also been 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, 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.
Publications include contributions to Patriot Debates (American Bar Association 2005), America's Battle Against Terrorism (with Nadine Strossen) (Greenhaven Press 2005) and Women Immigrants in the United States (Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars 2002), and Constitutional Governance in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, 25 Texas International Law Journal 207-237 (with Michael D. Nicoleau) (Spring 2000).
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.
April 14, 2015
Timothy Edgar, visiting professor at the Watson Institute, explains that despite citizens' disapproval of the United States' surveillance programs, President Barack Obama has done much to protect civil liberties by way of transparency reforms.
March 2, 2015
Visting Fellow Timothy Edgar in Lawfare: "It may be tempting for lawmakers to avoid hard decisions by extending the provision unchanged and letting the courts resolve the issue."
February 23, 2015
Visting Fellow Timothy Edgar in Lawfare: "The United States should not be shy in talking about its record on intelligence oversight, nor should it accept the premise that Europeans care more about privacy than Americans."
January 21, 2015
Visiting Fellow in International Studies Timothy Edgar in Wired: "A fundamental failure to take responsibility for insecure systems and buggy code is at the heart of our cybersecurity woes."
January 6, 2015
Visiting Fellow Timothy Edgar discusses why offshoring data doesn't mean escaping the NSA.
November 20, 2014
On Wednesday, November 19, Visiting Fellow Timothy Edgar testified at a hearing before the United States House of Representatives on "Data Security at the Postal Service".
November 19, 2014
Watson Visiting Fellow Timothy Edgar's testimony at a hearing before the United States House of Representatives
Dec 4, 2013
12:30 p.m.-4 p.m. Joukowsky Forum