Talks: 2013 Archives
In light of recent revelations of the government's surveillance practices, the New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute held a briefing on Capitol Hill on the impact of that surveillance on users, national security, and the private sector. The briefing provided insight into how the technology and regulatory environment has led to the current situation and the ramifications of that surveillance on society and governance overall, while also considering the challenges confronting the Obama Administration's external Review Group. Beyond the well-known issues over civil rights, this was an important presentation on the technological implications of surveillance, and the dangers policy makers need to consider as they look to reform the government's practices.
Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose, Calif.)
Member, House Judiciary Committee
Member, House Committee on Science, Space and Technology
Director, Open Technology Institute and Vice President, New America Foundation
Fellow, Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Harvard
Author, Liars and Outliers: Enabling the Trust Society Needs to Survive
With James Bamford, Ariel Dorfman, Glenn Greenwald, and Bruce Schneier.
Is the same surveillance that is meant to protect us from danger also harming us?
Are the NSA programs Edward Snowden has revealed inhibiting the way we think, speak, create, and interact? And what about the parallel universe of private sector spying and data mining?
Presented by Bruce Schneier at LISA '13, the 27th Large Installation System Administration Conference.
A technical plenary featuring security researcher Bruce Schneier along with IETF leaders Brian Carpenter, Stephen Farrell and others.
New reports of large-scale Internet traffic monitoring appear almost every day. We were all aware that targeted interception was taking place, but the scale and scope in the recent reports is surprising. Such scale was not envisaged during the design of many Internet protocols; the threat is quite different than expected. Now, the Internet community must consider the consequences.
While details of these attack techniques remain largely unknown, we can talk about possible ways to harden the Internet in light of pervasive Internet monitoring.
Human society runs on trust. We all trust millions of people, organizations, and systems every day -- 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 cooperative systems they're abusing is an age-old problem, one that we've solved through morals and ethics, laws, and all sort of security technologies.
"If security doesn't work for the legitimate users, it won't be used. So when you go to the enterprise, the first thing security has to do is not annoy people too much." Renowned security blogger and pundit Bruce Schneier discusses the problems with security and usability and details what must be done to make a more secure interface.
Feudalism is an apt model for security today. We pledge our allegiance to service providers, and expect them to provide us with security in return. Too often, this security is completely opaque, with results all over the map. Navigating this new world of feudal security is going to be the major challenge for CISOs in the current decade.
Sidebar photo of Bruce Schneier by Joe MacInnis.