Shunned as NSA Advisers, Academics Question Their Ties to the Agency

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Eli Burakian, Dartmouth College

Philip Hanlon, a mathematician who is president of Dartmouth College, served on the advisory board of
 the National Security Agency, where he says the discussion shifted toward nonscientific business topics.

For decades, the National Security Agency’s main internal advisory board was rich with scientists from major research universities, helping the agency’s leaders keep American spies technologically a step ahead of their Cold War rivals.

Then, in the past dozen years or so, around the same time the NSA began its controversial wholesale collection of phone and computer data, the agency was quietly making another change: Replacing many of those academics with corporate