The Declassification Engine

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Historians, journalists, legal scholars, statisticians, and computer scientists are joining together at Columbia University to discuss how novel statistical/machine learning methodologies can accelerate the declassification process and illuminate the broad patterns of official secrecy. The agenda will be found below. Seating is limited, so if you would like to attend the Declassification Conference please register using the link below. Following the link will lead to more information about this event.
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May 10, 2013 Agenda:

Moderated by Nick Lemann

Time(EST) Event

9:00AM

Welcome

John Coatsworth, Provost

9:15AM

Conference Overview

Matthew Connelly, Professor of History, Columbia

9:45AM

Secrecy

Peter Galison, Pellegrino University Professor in History of Science and Physics, Harvard

10:15AM

Obstacles to Traditional Declassification

Steve Aftergood, Senior Research Analyst, Federation of American Scientists.

10:45AM

Break

11:00AM

Leaks and the Classification System 

David Pozen, Associate Professor of Law, Columbia

11:30AM

Litigating National Security Issues Under the FOIA: Possibilities and Limits

Jameel Jaffer and Alexander Abdo, American Civil Liberties Union Center for Democracy

12:00PM

Lunch

1:00PM

Unmasking Anonymous Authors

Moshe Koppel, Professor of Computer Science, Bar-Ilan University

1:30PM

Electronic Discovery, Privilege, and Declassification

Dave Lewis, David D. Lewis Consulting

2:00PM

Break

2:15PM

Textual Analysis of Government Declassification Patterns

Hanna Wallach, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

2:45PM

Search Among Secrets

Doug Oard, Professor, College of Information Studies, University of Maryland

3:15PM

Break

3:30PM

Redaction Analysis

Alexander Rush, Ph.D. Student in Computer Science, MIT

4:00PM

“Burstiness”: Analyzing Cable Traffic for Known and Unknown Events

Shawn Simpson, Assistant Professor of Statistics, Columbia; David Allen, Ph.D. Student in History, Columbia

4:30PM

Break

4:45PM

Tools for Building a Declassification Engine

5:30PM

Plenary Discussion

Moderated by Nick Lemann

6:00

End of Conference