[Busec] Cybersecurity and International Relations Conference, May 3

Sharon Goldberg goldbe at cs.bu.edu
Thu Apr 26 20:36:06 EDT 2012

Hi Group,

This looks like it could be interesting, and it's just a 45min train
ride away.    BUsec grad students - let me know if you'd like to go to
this; train travel can very likely be reimbursed.


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From: Stephen Higa <shiga at cs.brown.edu>
Date: Thu, Apr 26, 2012 at 11:24 AM
Subject: [Announce] Cybersecurity and International Relations Conference, May 3
To: announce at lists.cs.brown.edu

A Watson Institute and Computer Science Conference

Cybersecurity and International Relations

May 3, 2012

Brown University, Metcalf Auditorium, 190 Thayer Street

Open to the public

In less than two decades the Internet has become a valuable
communications medium for more than two billion individuals, an engine
for economic growth, and a vehicle for social and political change. At
the same time the Internet has also created opportunities for fraud,
theft, piracy, sabotage, economic- and state-based espionage, and
network disruption, issues that involve cybersecurity in one form or

The international politics of Internet governance are also in
contention. Nations are competing in the international arena to
determine which bodies will be responsible for setting standards for
Internet technologies and controlling the assignment of domain names.
The outcome of this competition will have a profound impact on the
Internet architecture, operations, security, and content. Domestically
nations are also adapting their legislation to this new regime.

Coping with these issues requires a cadre of policymakers who are
conversant with the technologies of the Internet and technologists who
are prepared and equipped to work with policymakers. Individuals of
both types are in short supply.

This conference brings together experts on the many aspects of
cybersecurity and international relations. Its goal is to educate the
larger community about the fascinating challenges that exist in this
area and to highlight opportunities for creative and constructive

See http://watsoninstitute.org/events_detail.cfm?id=1875 for the full
conference program.

Host: Professor John Savage

Sharon Goldberg
Computer Science, Boston University

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