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The Patriot Act and the Internet: Recent Developments

Passed in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks on the United States, the USA PATRIOT Act gave the agencies of the federal government greater flexibility to counter terrorism, including on the Internet. Many of the federal government’s powers related to the Internet are rooted in the Patriot Act. In 2011, President Obama extended parts of the Patriot Act.

Hudson’s Center for the Economics of the Internet hosted David B. Rivkin, Jr., one of the leading authorities on the Patriot Act, to discuss recent developments with the Act.

Rivkin has a distinguished career in government and the private sector. He served as Associate Executive Director and General Counsel of the President’s Council on Competitiveness at the White House. He handled the development and implementation of President George H.W. Bush’s deregulatory initiatives, which entailed review of all existing federal regulatory strictures and the application of a more rigorous cost-effective standard to new regulations. Rivkin also served as the Associate General Counsel at the Department of Energy. In addition, he served in the office of then-Vice President George Bush as Legal Advisor to the Counsel to the President, and as Deputy Director of the Office of Policy Development at the Department of Justice.

He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar and the Council on Foreign Relations. Rivkin is a prolific writer and has published numerous papers, articles, book reviews, and book chapters on a variety of international, legal, constitutional, defense, arms control, foreign policy, environmental, and energy issues in various publications, including the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and the Washington Post.

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Harold Furchtgott-Roth, Moderator

Hudson Senior Fellow and Director of the Center for Economics of the Internet

David B. Rivkin, Jr., Featured Speaker

Member of the District of Columbia Bar, the Council on Foreign Relations, and former Associate Executive Director and General Counsel of the President's Council on Competitiveness at the White House

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