Talks: 2012 Archives
Human societies run on trust. Every day, we all trust millions of people, organizations, and systems -- and we do it so easily that we barely notice. But in any system of trust, there is an alternative, parasitic, strategy that involves abusing that trust. Ensuring defectors don't destroy the very cooperative systems they're abusing is an age-old problem.
Has it really been 15 years? Time flies when keeping up with Moore's law is the measure. In 1997, Jeff Moss held the very first Black Hat. He gathered together some of the best hackers and security minds of the time to discuss the current state of the hack. A unique and neutral field was created in which the security community--private, public, and independent practitioners alike could come together and exchange research, theories, and experiences with no vendor influences.
Human societies run on trust. Every day, we all trust millions of people, organizations, and systems — and we do it so easily that we barely notice. But in any system of trust, there is an alternative, parasitic, strategy that involves abusing that trust. Making sure those defectors don't destroy the very cooperative systems they're abusing is an age-old problem, and we've developed a variety of societal pressures to induce cooperation: moral systems, reputational systems, institutional systems, and security systems.
On a panel at the Privacy in the Age of Big Data Forum in New Zealand, Bruce Schenier spoke about trends in personal data collection and usage.
Read the Transcript on Privacy-PC.com
Over 400 people turned out in person to hear Bruce Schneier’s lecture on the topic of his latest book Liars and Outliers. More than 1000 people viewed the live streaming of the event online. This event was hosted by the NZITF and was sponsored by InternetNZ and Telecom New Zealand.
"Software could be more secure" may be the understatement of the century. Vulnerabilities have infested our code for as long as there's *been* code. Nobody refutes the notion that we want more secure code; it is getting there that is the challenge - and also the focus of this debate. Software liability is oft-cited as one potential approach to creating more secure code.
Bruce Schneier spoke on "Cybersecurity, scientific data and public trust" at the H5N1 Research Symposium, organised by the Royal Society in partnership with the Academy of Medical Sciences and the Foundation for Vaccine Research with support from the American Society for Microbiology, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Fondation Mérieux, the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, Institut Pasteur, and the Society for General Microbiology.
Today's Internet threats are not technical; they're social and political. They aren't criminals, hackers, or terrorists. They're the government and corporate attempts to mold the Internet into what they want it to be, either to bolster their business models or facilitate social control. Right now, these two goals coincide, making it harder than ever to keep the Internet free and open.
Photo of Bruce Schneier by Per Ervland.
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