Does Wiretapping Make US More Secure?: What a Computer Scientist Has to Add to the National Conversation
Senior Staff Privacy Analyst
Friday, February 14, 2014|
4:00pm - 5:00pm
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About the Event
What are the security risks in building wiretapping capabilities into a communications network such as the Internet? Well before Snowden and the NSA revelations made electronic surveillance a national conversation, wiretapping was on Congress's agenda --- but no one was discussing the risks arising from an architected security breach (which is what a wiretap is). That changed in 2006 when a small group of computer scientists presented the risks of extending the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act to the Internet. The bill did not pass.
Susan Landau is the author of Surveillance or Security? The Risks Posed by New Wiretapping Technologies (MIT Press, 2011), and co-author, with Whitfield Diffie, of Privacy on the Line: The Politics of Wiretapping and Encryption (MIT Press, 1998, rev. ed. 2007). She has written numerous computer science and public policy papers and op-eds on cybersecurity and
encryption policy. In 2011 Landau testified in Congress on the security
risks of wiretapping and in 2009 she testified on cybersecurity activities at NIST's Information Technology Laboratory. Landau was previously a Distinguished Engineer at Sun Microsystems, where she worked in cybersecurity, privacy, and public policy. Landau was a faculty member at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and at Wesleyan University. She has held visiting positions at Harvard, Cornell, and Yale, and the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute. Landau is currently a senior staff privacy analyst at Google.
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