Security and Human Behavior (SHB 2012)
I’m at the Fifth Interdisciplinary Workshop on Security and Human Behavior, SHB 2012. Google is hosting this year, at its offices in lower Manhattan.
SHB is an invitational gathering of psychologists, computer security researchers, behavioral economists, sociologists, law professors, business school professors, political scientists, anthropologists, philosophers, and others — all of whom are studying the human side of security — organized by Alessandro Acquisti, Ross Anderson, and me. It’s not just an interdisciplinary event; most of the people here are individually interdisciplinary.
This is the best and most intellectually stimulating conference I attend all year. I told that to one of the participants yesterday, and he said something like: “Of course it is. You’ve specifically invited everyone you want to listen to.” Which is basically correct. The workshop is organized into panels of 6-7 people. Each panelist gets ten minutes to talk about what he or she is working on, and then we spend the rest of the hour and a half in discussion.
Here is the list of participants. The list contains links to readings from each of them — definitely a good place to browse for more information on this topic. Ross Anderson, who has far more discipline than I, is liveblogging this event. Go to the comments of that blog post to see summaries of the individual sessions.