Lee Tien


Lee Tien, Senior Staff Attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, discusses the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) working its way through Congress; why the government means “surveillance” when they say “information sharing;” how popular outrage derailed SOPA/PIPA and made Congress more careful about introducing bills that make Google angry; fighting against automated license plate readers used by police to scan any car, without probable cause or warrant; the comprehensive legal protections for private companies that monitor and block internet traffic; and why Congress’s implementation of cyber security is the most invasive, inefficient, and expensive method imaginable.

MP3 here. (24:58)

Lee Tien is a Senior Staff Attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, specializing in free speech law, including intersections with intellectual property law and privacy law. Before joining EFF, Lee was a sole practitioner specializing in Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) litigation. Mr. Tien has published articles on children’s sexuality and information technology, anonymity, surveillance, and the First Amendment status of publishing computer software. Lee received his undergraduate degree in psychology from Stanford University, where he was very active in journalism at the Stanford Daily. After working as a news reporter at the Tacoma News Tribune for a year, Lee went to law school at Boalt Hall, University of California at Berkeley. Lee also did graduate work in the Program in Jurisprudence and Social Policy at UC-Berkeley.

12 thoughts on “Lee Tien”

  1. Is the Senator Lieberman going to become a new Chancellor Palpatine? He has demonstrated how he plays both sides skillfully. He is part of Democratic Caucus, but then he is allied with Republicans, as he was an integral part of Republican agenda — going as far as speaking at their last convention in order to garner votes of "independents'. This kind of "independence" was a hallmark of Senator Palpatine, and the politicans gave him the trust — and power. Our Senator Palpatine is working openly in the same manner. Now, he is doing the bidding of both parties to curb internet, as his "independent" status is the cover for them both — to do dirty things. One hundred men in Senate are going to the dark side, and their chosen spokesperson on this critical issue is their beloved Palpatine. What is next? In case of constitutinal crisis — he will be named the saviour?

  2. joe…our ole pal *joe* lieberman will someday be swinging from the end of a hangman's noose!! enjoy your traitorous ways whilst you can lieberman!! jerry bolduc

  3. Senator Joe LIEberman (Zionist-Israel)–er, Connecticut–is a freedom-destroying fascist, and a warmongering, Israel-First scumbag. If I had my way, I'd kick his ass the hell over to Israel, with orders to stay there.

    The U.S. Government–all governments–dread the free, unfettered exchange of information and ideas. This proposed CISPA is, in a word, bullshit. (Hey, Senators Klobuchar and Franken of Minnesota, how about it? . . .)

  4. Rise and fall of Empire USA

    But, what can Lee Tien accomplish working within the system? “Give me a Revolution or give me death,” that’s what Patrick Henry would say, an Empire having destroyed his precious USA.

  5. Lieberman — What a make believe government is all about </B?

    Most in Congress are paid actors working for the rich man’s gold, but not hardly a politician is more cunning and deceitful then Lieberman. For he started out a Democrat, switched to Republican and to maximize confusion for government and stress for the public seems to be his stock and trade.

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