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  • INSPIRING REFORM THROUGH INFORMATION SHARING

    Enhancing national security and civil liberties

National Security

  • The events of 9/11 drove home the critical need for timely information sharing among agencies charged with protecting the nation. Already examining how best to protect the nation from terrorist threats, Markle convened the Markle Task Force on National Security in the Information Age to help create a collaborative environment for information sharing. In a series of reports, the bipartisan Markle Task Force developed policy and technology recommendations for protecting America against the threats of the modern era while protecting civil liberties.
  • The Markle Task Force’s work formed the basis for intelligence reform and information sharing. Many of its recommendations informed the 9/11 Commission Report, the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act 2004, the Protect America Act of 2007, and a wide range of actions in the public and private sectors. As a result, there has been a virtual reorganization of government, a new way of thinking that inspires reform in the way agencies, people, and technology collaborate and communicate.

Markle Task Force on National Security in the Information Age

Markle convened the Markle Task Force on National Security in the Information Age in 2002 to determine how best to make information discoverable and accessible to the right officials at the right time to enable improved decision making with regard to major security threats against our nation while protecting traditional civil liberties.

James L. Barksdale

  • Partner and Co-founder, The Barksdale Group
  • Co-chair, Markle Task Force on National Security in the Information Age

Zoë Baird

  • CEO and President, Markle Foundation
  • Co-chair, Markle Task Force on National Security in the Information Age

Robert D. Atkinson, PhD

  • President, Information Technology & Innovation Foundation

Rand Beers

  • Under Secretary for the National Protection & Programs Directorate, Department of Homeland Security

Eric A. Benhamou

  • Chairman and CEO, Benhamou Global Ventures LLC

Bruce Berkowitz

  • Research Fellow, Hoover Institution

Other Areas Of Work

  • Rework America

    Markle is committed to creating and advancing transformative strategies and scalable solutions to prepare the 21st century workforce and reinvigorate the American Dream. Rework America, the Markle Economic Future Initiative, aims to expand opportunities for employment and broaden ways for all Americans to learn and train for the opportunities of the connected age.

  • Health

    Seeking a digital transformation in health care, Markle Connecting for Health was convened to accelerate the use of health IT to improve the quality and cost effectiveness of health care. The group gave rise to the Blue Button health record download feature and developed a Common Framework for information sharing which informed the HITECH American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.