Tuesday, March 8, 12:00 pm Griswold Hall Room 110, Harvard Law School
This talk is part of a lens on privacy and security, which will highlight various talks this semester that focus on issues related to privacy and security in digitally networked environments
The United States has moved large portions of business and commerce, including the control of critical infrastructure, onto IP-based networks. This reliance on information systems leaves the U.S. highly exposed and vulnerable to cyberattack, yet U.S. law enforcement remains focused on building wiretapping systems within communications infrastructure. By embedding eavesdropping mechanisms into communications technology itself, we build tools that could easily be turned against us. Indeed, such attacks have already occurred. In a world that has Al-Qaeda, nation-state economic espionage, and Hurricane Katrina, how do we get communications security right?
In spring 2011, the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University and the Center for Research on Computation and Society (CRCS) at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) will highlight a series of talks that will focus on issues related to privacy and security in digitally networked environments. Events associated with this “lens” will seek to foster discussion and explore novel solutions to digital security and privacy issues, and aim to surface and engage with some of the technological, legal, political, economic, and behavioral tensions at work within these topics. This cross-disciplinary initiative will build on current CRCS and BCIS collaborative efforts, and seek to bring multiple perspectives and approaches to these issues.