UW CSE Ph.D. alum Ed Felten is getting a lot of coverage for his latest foray into the legal realm: filing a legal brief in support of an ACLU lawsuit against the NSA, in which Felten argues that phone call metadata can be more revealing than content, and that the NSA is building a database that could reveal some of the most intimate secrets of American citizens.
(Felten is Professor of Computer Science and of Public Policy at Princeton University, and recently spent 18 months on leave as the first Chief Technologist of the Federal Trade Commission. He is a Member of the National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and – the capper – co-recipient (with Anne C. Dinning of D. E. Shaw) of the 2013 UW CSE Alumni Achievement Award.)
Business Insider here. New York Times here. Washington Post here.
You go, guy!