Security and Human Behavior (SHB 2016)
Earlier this week, I was at the ninth Workshop on Security and Human Behavior, hosted at Harvard University.
SHB is a small invitational gathering of people studying various aspects of the human side of security. The fifty or so people in the room include psychologists, economists, computer security researchers, sociologists, political scientists, philosophers, political scientists, neuroscientists, lawyers, anthropologists, business school professors, and a smattering of others. It’s not just an interdisciplinary event; most of the people here are individually interdisciplinary.
These are the most intellectually stimulating two days of my year; this year someone called it “Bruce’s brain in conference form.”
The goal is maximum interaction and discussion. We do that by putting everyone on panels. There are eight six-person panels over the course of the two days. Everyone gets to talk for ten minutes about their work, and then there’s half an hour of discussion in the room. Then there are lunches, dinners, and receptions — all designed so people meet each other and talk.