James Mickens and Jonathan Zittrain explore cybersecurity beyond its traditional boundaries of protecting data or code from bad actors. Increasingly, the pervasive integration of computing systems into modern societal processes (e.g. news, election results) creates new tensions such as the exponential growth of disinformation. After all, disinformation stems from issues about how users are authenticated and what abilities they are granted on a given network.
These challenges move the concerns of access control into more nuanced considerations about the kind of content that users within computer systems may be able to submit. This session considers how redefining cybersecurity might help address such issues more effectively.