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Former executive editor of The New York Times speaking about privacy at Chautauqua

The former executive editor of The New York Times will speak about Edward Snowden and the media’s coverage of privacy at the Chautauqua Institution next month.

Jill Abramson will offer her perspective about the “Ethics of Privacy” at a 10:45 a.m. Amphitheater lecture Wednesday, July 9 as part of a week of privacy themed lectures in Chautauqua.

Abramson who served as executive editor from September 2011 to last month was the first woman to hold the position in the paper’s 160-year history. The Times won eight Pulitzer Prizes during her tenure, which was marked by Snowden’s global surveillance disclosures.

Abramson joined the Times in 1997, working as the Washington bureau chief and then managing editor. She worked previously for the Wall Street Journal as an investigative reporter and deputy bureau chief.

The week of morning Amphitheater lectures about privacy begins Monday, July 7 with Jeffrey Rosen, award-winning journalist and president and CEO of the National Constititution Center. He will give an overview of history and philosophy of privacy. Other lecturers that week include Peter Singer, director of Brookings Center for 21st Century Security, He is author of “Cybersecurity and Cyberwar” and will talk Tuesday about privacy and responsibility.

On Thursday, July 10, Amanda Lenhart, senior researcher in the Pew Internet & American Life Project, will speak about generational differences in privacy attitudes.

The week will close Friday, July 11 with an interview with former U.S. attorney general Alberto Gonzales about the tension between national security and individual freedom. Buy tickets at

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