The latest moves are part of a comprehensive strategy to purge anything Chinese from the U.S. telecommunications and internet ecosystem.
Jim Dempsey is the executive director of the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology, and has been a leading expert on privacy and Internet policy for three decades. From 1997 to 2014, he was at the Center for Democracy & Technology, where he held a number of leadership positions, including Executive Director (2003 to 2005) and head of CDT West (2005 to 2014). In August 2012, after Senate confirmation, Jim was appointed as a part-time member of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board. Prior to joining CDT, Dempsey served as Deputy Director of the non-profit Center for National Security Studies and Special Counsel to the National Security Archive. From 1985 to 1995, Jim was Assistant Counsel to the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Civil and Constitutional Rights. He is co-author of the book “Terrorism & the Constitution: Sacrificing Civil Liberties in the Name of National Security” (New Press, Third edition, 2006) (with Prof. David Cole of Georgetown). He is co-editor of Bulk Collection: Systematic Government Access to Private-Sector Data (Oxford, 2017) (with Fred H. Cate).
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