PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Brown University is holding a conference on the National Security Agency, government spying and privacy issues.

The conference, "Big Transparency for the NSA: Perspectives on Spying and Privacy," will consist of two panel discussions to be held next Wednesday at the Watson Institute for International Studies.

The discussions will explore "the continuing explosive revelations about the American intelligence community's global operations and the resulting crisis in public trust and confidence."

Visiting Watson Institute scholar Timothy Edgar will moderate. He is a civil liberties lawyer who has worked for the Bush and Obama administrations and the American Civil Liberties Union.

Panelists include NSA chief compliance officer John DeLong; Jameel Jaffer of the ACLU; civil liberties protection officer Alexander Joel of the office of the Director of National Intelligence; and several journalists.