[Busec] Susan Landau on Surveillance/Security March 8

Leonid Reyzin reyzin at cs.bu.edu
Thu Mar 3 12:17:27 EST 2011


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Subject: [Crcs-announce] Tuesday, March 8, 12:00 pm, Susan Landau,
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University & CRCS
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[March 8] Surveillance or Security? The Risks Posed by New Wiretapping
Technologies

Susan Landau, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard
University & CRCS

Tuesday, March 8, 12:00 pm
Griswold Hall Room 110, Harvard Law School
RSVP required for those attending in person to Amar Ashar
(ashar at cyber.law.harvard.edu)
This event will be webcast live at 12:30 pm ET and archived on our
site shortly after.

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?

About Susan

Susan Landau is a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
at Harvard University for the 2010-2011 academic year. Her book,
Surveillance or Security? The Risks Posed by New Wiretapping
Technologies will be published by MIT Press in February 2011; she is
also the co-author, with Whitfield Diffie, of the 1998 Privacy on the
Line: The Politics of Wiretapping and Encryption. From 1999-2010
Landau was at Sun Microsystems, first as Senior Staff Engineer and
then as Distinguished Engineer. There she concentrated on the
interplay between security and public policy, and she briefed
government officials in both Washington and Europe on such disparate
issues as security risks in surveillance mechanisms, digital rights
management, and cryptographic export control. In 2009 she testified
for the House Science Committee on Cybersecurity Activities at NIST's
Information Technology Laboratory. Landau is currently a member of the
Commission on Cyber Security for the 44th Presidency, established by
the Center for Strategic and and International Studies, and serves on
the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board of the National
Research Council and on the advisory committee for the National
Science Foundation's Directorate for Computer and Information Science
and Engineering. Before joining Sun, Landau was a faculty member at
the University of Massachusetts and Wesleyan University. Landau is the
recipient of the 2008 Women of Vision Social Impact Award, a Fellow of
the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and an ACM
Distinguished Engineer.

About the Privacy and Security Lens

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.

Links

Susan's webpage
Susan presented at a hearing on: the “Going Dark: Lawful Electronic
Surveillance in the Face of New Technologies” in Washington, DC in
February 2011

Event webpage:   http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/events/luncheon/2011/03/landau

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