On Tuesday, December 6, from 9:00-11:00 a.m., a discussion by Ezra Cohen and Alissa Starzak, chair and vice chair of the Public Interest Declassification Board (PIDB), will open an in-person event on “Reforming the Classification System: Challenges, Approaches, and Priorities,” hosted by the Hudson Institute at 1201 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W. Following the opening by Mr. Cohen and Ms. Starzak, PIDB member Carter Burwell will moderate a panel discussion on reforming the declassification system with legal and policy experts David Burns, John Eisenberg, Elizabeth Goitein, and Alex Joel. The event is co-sponsored by the Federalist Society and the Standing Committee on Law and National Security of the American Bar Association (ABA).
Consistent with the PIDB’s long-standing support for reforming classification and declassification, as well as expanding calls for change throughout the intelligence community, civil society, and across the political spectrum, the discussions at the Hudson Institute will focus on the following questions:
• What are some of the greatest challenges and opportunities for reforming the classification system?
• How can programmatic measures incentivize appropriate classification levels at the earliest feasible stage?
• To what extent can technological measures, such as artificial intelligence applications in classification review, increase efficiency and accuracy in (de)classification procedures?
• What administrative or organizational changes might help reform the classification system?
For more information about this joint ABA/Federalist Society in-person event scheduled for next Tuesday, December 6, 9:00-11:00 AM, and to watch the event live on YouTube, please see the Hudson Institute webpage at: https://www.hudson.org/events/reforming-classification-system-challenges-approaches-priorities.
To attend the event in-person, please reserve a spot by registering through Eventbrite, here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/478182455597.