Congressional Briefing "Improving Identification: Enhancing Security, Guarding Privacy"

Thursday, March 6th, from 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM

Room 188, Russell Senate Office Building
1st and C Streets, N.E.
Washington, DC

Whenever the issue of improving our system of identification arises, people are correctly concerned about possible violations of their rights - especially of privacy, but also of anonymity. How can we improve identification significantly, while safe-guarding rights? The communitarian interest in this subject reflects our conviction that a good society seeks a carefully crafted balance between autonomy and social order, individuals rights and social responsibility, rather than being merely rights or liberty centered. To advance deliberations on the issue at hand, the Communitarian Network organized a Congressional briefing on how to improve identification while enhancing security and guarding privacy.

Introductory remarks by Amitai Etzioni, director of the Communitarian Network.

Senator Michael Enzi (R-WY) participated in the discussion.

The Problem (9:30 a.m.)

  • Robert Cramer, Managing Director for Special Investigations at the General Accounting Office
  • Mark Kirkorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies
  • Eli Lehrer, senior editor at the American Enterprise Institute

Possible Solutions (10:30 a.m.)

  • Richard Chace, chief executive of the Security Industry Association
  • Eileen Doherty, committee director, Energy and Transportation, National Council of State Legislatures
  • Shane Ham, senior analyst at the Progressive Policy Institute
  • Michael O'Hanlon, senior fellow in Foreign Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution
  • Tom Wolfsohn, senior vice president for Government Affairs and Communications at the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators

Policy Issues (11:30 a.m.)

  • Rob Atkinson, vice president of the Progressive Policy Institute and director of its Technology & New Economy Project
  • Clifford Fishman, professor, Columbus School of Law, Catholic University
  • Dan Gallington, senior research fellow at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies
  • Christopher Slobogin, Stephen C. O'Connell chair and professor of law at the Levin College of Law at the University of Florida

Technological Treatments (12:30 a.m.)

  • Richard Norton, executive director of the International Biometric Industry Association
  • John Siedlarz, chairman of the International Biometric Industry Association
  • Neville Pattinson, director of business development and marketing, Schlumberger Smart Cards & Terminals
  • Cathy Tilton, director of integrated solutions, Safelink; represents the United States on the Biometric group of the International Committee for Information Technology Standards

For more information, please contact Marc Dunkelman, event organizer, at, 202-994-4981.

The Communitarian Network
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Washington, DC 20052