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Class Title:  6.3 Surveillance        

Class Description: Video and ppt (recorded in 2016-05-19)

Digital communications are the lifeblood of modern society. We “meet up” online, tweet our reactions millions of times a day, connect through social networking rather than in person. Large portions of business and commerce have moved to the Web, and much of our critical infrastructure, including the electric power grid, is controlled online. This reliance on information systems leaves us highly exposed and vulnerable to cyberattack. Despite this, U.S. law enforcement and national security policy remain firmly focused on wiretapping and surveillance. But, as cybersecurity expert Susan Landau argues in Surveillance or Security?, the old surveillance paradigms  do not easily fit the new technologies. By embedding eavesdropping mechanisms into communication technology itself, we are building tools that could be turned against us and opting for short-term security and creating dangerous long-term risks. How can we get communications security right? Landau offers a set of principles to govern wiretapping policy that will allow us to protect our national security as well as our freedom.

Contents (from "Surveillance or Security" by Susan Landau)
1 Introduction
2 Communication Networks and Their Architectures
3 Securing the Internet Is Difficult
4 Wiretaps and the Law
5 The Effectiveness of Wiretapping
6 Evolving Communications Technologies
7 Who Are the Intruders? What Are They Targeting?
8 Security Risks Arising from Wiretapping Technology
9 Policy Risks Arising from Wiretapping
10 Communication during Crises
11 Getting Communications Security Right

Presentation Material:  [ppt-2017]

Speaker's Bio: 

Susan Landau is Bridge Professor in the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and the School of Engineering, Department of Computer Science, Tufts University and Visiting Professor of Computer Science, University College London. Landau works at the intersection of cybersecurity, national security, law, and policy.

Her new book, "Listening In: Cybersecurity in an Insecure Age," will be published by Yale University Press in fall 2017; Landau is also the author of "Surveillance or Security? The Risks Posed by New Wiretapping Technologies," (MIT Press, 2011s) and "Privacy on the Line: the Politics of Wiretapping and Encryption,"co-authored with Whitfield Diffie (MIT Press, 1998). Landau was an early voice in the argument that law-enforcement requirements for embedding surveillance within communications infrastructures created long-term national-security risks, and has testified to Congress and frequently briefed US and Europeanpolicymakers on encryption, surveillance, and cybersecurity issues.  Landau has been a Senior Staff Privacy Analyst at Google, a Distinguished Engineer at Sun Microsystems, and a faculty member at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, the University of Massachusetts and Wesleyan University. She has served on the National Academies Computer Science and Telecommunications Board (2010-2016), the National Science Foundation Computer and Information Advisory Board (2010-2013), the Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board (2002-2008), as an Associate Editor-in-Chief on IEEE Security and Privacy, section board member on the Communications of the ACM, and associate editor at the Notices of the American Mathematical Society. A 2015 inductee in the Cybersecurity Hall of Fame and a 2012 Guggenheim fellow, Landau was a 2010-2011 fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and the recipient of the 2008 Women of Vision Social Impact Award.

She is also a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the Association for Computing Machinery.  She received her BA from Princeton, her MS from Cornell, and her PhD from MIT.


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