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What Price Insularity? Reflections About Computer Security Failings

Friday, January 4, 2008

Abstract

Why is it risky for technologists to ignore the nontechnical context where their systems will be deployed? Furthermore, what is the risk when policymakers ignore the limits and potential of technology? How can we structure dialogue between technologists and policymakers to address security failings—to revisit identity theft, electronic voting machines, digital rights management, and network neutrality? Fred Schneider, editor of the National Research Council study Trust in Cyberspace and longtime researcher on what makes computer systems secure, will consider these and other questions.

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