A New HOPE (2022): "Six Years Later and Worse Than Ever - The Espionage Act, Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, and What's at Stake for Activists, Journalists, and Researchers" (Download)
Friday, July 22, 2022: 3:00 pm (DAC 416ABC): The Trump administration continued the trend of using two antiquated laws - the Espionage Act of 1917 and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 - as tools to restrict the public's right to know. Trump's Justice Department sent numerous truth-tellers to prison, and in 2019 charged Julian Assange, who is neither a government employee nor a U.S. citizen, under both laws. The current legal landscape has unprecedented implications for national security journalism, transparency, and the use of anonymity and source protection tools. Join two human rights attorneys who have worked closely on issues surrounding these laws for a conversation on what's at stake for activists, journalists, and researchers; the recent traction in Congress for reforming both laws; and the necessity for doing so.