Criminal justice program to host film and discussion about internet freedom

The criminal justice program will host a panel discussion Thursday about internet freedom.


            Preceding the panel discussion, the Justice Robert H. Jackson Inn of Court and the Robert H. Jackson Center Inn of Court will show a 2014 talk from Edward Snowden about surveillance and internet freedom. The film will be shown at 7 p.m. in the Bromeley Family Theater in Blaisdell Hall. The film and panel discussion are free and open to the public.


            Snowden is a former U.S. government contractor accused of leaking National Security Agency information about global surveillance programs to the press. Snowden has lived in Russia under political asylum since the breach. He gave the 2014 TED conference talk via telepresence robot.


            Snowden argues that the right to data privacy is not a partisan issue. Following his talk, “Here's how we take back the Internet,” Dr. Patricia Brougham, assistant professor of criminal justice, will moderate a panel of student speakers.


            Those taking part are Jim Brander, a sociology major from Smethport; Sabrina Elmobdy, a criminal justice and history-political science major from Morrisville; Alexander Haefner, a criminal justice student from Williamsport; Malcolm Hardie, a criminal justice major from Upper Darby; and Tamia Robinson, a criminal justice and psychology major from Philadelphia.


            The American Inns of Court are designed to improve the skills and professionalism of members of the bench and bar. The Robert H. Jackson Inns are named for Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson, who was architect of the international trial process and then chief prosecutor of the surviving Nazi leaders in Nuremberg, Germany. Jackson grew up in Frewsburg, N.Y., and spent 25 years in nearby Jamestown, N.Y., practicing law.