November 8, 2018 - Georgetown's Center on National Security & the Law Announces Conference, "Cybercrime 2020: Revisiting the Future of Online Crime and Investigations"

Georgetown’s Center for National Security and the Law has partnered with the Department of Justice on a day-long conference focused on the future of cybercrime and enforcement online. The event will feature a keynote address by Rod Rosenstein, Deputy Attorney General, and a breakfast address by Alex Stamos, former CSO of Facebook and former CISO of Yahoo!

Panels will explore new technology developments and the adequacy of existing legislative and enforcement tools to address them. The day concludes with a panel on the future of the Fourth Amendment after the Supreme Court’s recent groundbreaking decision in Carpenter v. United States.

The event takes place on Thursday November 29 from 9am-5pm in the Gewirz Building, 12th floor.

The full program is viewable here, and you can RSVP here.

The Center on National Security and the Law and the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice proudly present:

Cybercrime 2020: Revisiting the Future of Online Crime and Investigations

Thursday November 29th, 9am-5pm

Georgetown Law | Gewirz Building, 12th Floor

A full-day event featuring a luncheon keynote address by Rod Rosenstein, Deputy Attorney General, and a breakfast address by Alex Stamos, former CSO of Facebook and former CISO of Yahoo!.

Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:00 am - 9:15 am  
Laura Donohue, Professor, Georgetown LawBrian Benczkowski, Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)

Breakfast Address

9:15 am - 9:45 am  
Alex Stamos, Center for international Security and Cooperation, Stanford University

Panel 1 – New Tech, New Crimes?

9:45 am - 11:00 am  
How will tomorrow’s cyber criminals exploit new technologies—from drones to “IoT” to cryptocurrencies—as consumers, businesses, and government begin adopting them?  How might criminals use new attack vectors, like interference with GPS and cellphone signals?  What technological challenges will law enforcement face in investigating these new means of committing cybercrime?  Will new machine learning, artificial intelligence, and other cybersecurity technologies help thwart cybercrime, or might they be corrupted to become part of the problem?   

Andrea Limbago, Chief Social Scientist, Virtu

Davi Ottenheimer, Founder, MongoDB 

Heather West, Senior Policy Manager, Mozilla

Michael Stawasz, Deputy Chief, DOJ, Computer Crime & Intellectual Property Section (CCIPS) (Moderator)

Panel 2 – Legislating Future Crimes:  Will New Prosecutorial Tools Be Necessary?

11:20 am – 12:35 pm

Are current laws “technology-neutral” enough to criminalize new cyber threats or do some criminal laws need to be amended—or new laws passed—to cover activities that may warrant prosecution in the future, such as communications jamming, “deep fake” video technology, invasive use of drones, and financial crimes involving crypto-currencies?  Will federal laws need to be amended to incentivize victims to practice self-help to respond to cyber intrusions and attacks in recognition of limited government resources?  Are we overlooking other gaps in the law?     

Richard DiZinno, Chief Counsel for National Security and Crime, Senate Judiciary Committee

Harley Geiger, Director of Public Policy, Rapid7

Michele Korver, Digital Currency Counsel, DOJ

Stephanie Pell, Professor, West Point’s Army Cyber Institute (invited)

William Hall, Senior Counsel, DOJ, CCIPS (Moderator)

Luncheon Keynote Address 

12:35 pm – 1:30 pm

Rod Rosenstein, Deputy Attorney General, DOJ

Panel 3 – Investigative Tools and Techniques of Tomorrow

2:05 pm – 3:20 pm

Emerging technology may provide law enforcement with new challenges as cyber criminals use them to mask their crimes and identities and to thwart surveillance, but it may also furnish law enforcement with new opportunities to amass new types of evidence from novel sources and to and sift through large caches of data to extract evidence. How suitable are current electronic surveillance statutes like the Stored Communications Act, Wiretap Statute, and Pen Register/Trap and Trace Act for the collection of data from likely future crimes scenes, like IoT devices and autonomous cars?  What types of new investigative tools are needed for nefarious activities such as network intrusions, ransomware, network manipulation, and other types of technology-intensive crimes?

Megan Brown, Wiley Rein LLP

Patrick Day, Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Feinstein (invited)

Richard Downing, Deputy Assistant Attorney General, DOJ, Criminal Division

Mary Ann Franks, Professor, University of Miami

Jennifer Daskal, Professor, American University Washington College of Law (Moderator)

Panel 4 – Carpenter and the Future of the Fourth Amendment:  Where Do We Go from Here?

3:40 pm – 4:55 pm

The use of new investigative techniques will be tested by evolving Fourth Amendment jurisprudence. How do the prosecutorial tools and investigative techniques raised by the prior panels look in light of judicial doctrine? What constitutional issues do they raise? The Supreme Court’s decision in United States v. Carpenter may end up being a lynchpin of future legal decisions; however, the Court’s opinion raised as many questions as it answered.  How will Carpenter shape surveillance and privacy laws?  Will its reasoning be extended to areas other than location information?  If so, under what rationale?  How will it affect other Fourth Amendment jurisprudence, such as the third-party and private-search doctrines?  

April Falcon Doss, Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP

Nathan Judish, Senior Counsel, DOJ, CCIPS 

Paul Ohm, Professor, Georgetown Law

Michelle Richardson, Director of the Data and Privacy Project, Center for Democracy & Technology

Laura Donohue, Professor, Georgetown Law (Moderator)

Concluding Remarks

4:55 pm - 5:00 pm

Leonard Bailey, Head of Cybersecurity Unit, DOJ, CCIPS

See the full agenda here.

Please RSVP here; or email