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[liberationtech] Surveillance or Security?-Susan Landau in Milan-24 September 2012-at 14.30

francesca bosco bosco_francesca at
Tue Sep 18 05:48:35 PDT 2012

                          Susan Landau's Talk - Monday, 24
                              September 2012 – 
At 14.30 - Aula Magna,
                              Politecnico di Milano 

    On 24 September at 14.30 at the Aula Magna of Politecnico di
      Milano, Tech and Law Center is pleased to have as a guest Susan
      Landau with a talk on “Surveillance or Security? The Risks Posed
      by New Wiretapping Technology”. During the event, Susan Landau
      will present some of the issues raised in her recent publication
      on the subject of electronic surveillance, highlighting the
      interplay between privacy, cybersecurity and public policy. The
      new technologies of electronic surveillance, in fact, not only
      collide with the issue of privacy, but also with that of security,
      that is increasingly being penalized by the policies of "control"
      developed at national and international level. The results of her
      studies also demonstrate how wiretapping has, in terms of cost /
      benefit, limited efficacy and how encryption is not a real
      solution to protect users' privacy. These and other interesting
      ideas will form the basis for the following debate coordinated by
      Stefano Zanero, Francesca Bosco and Giuseppe Vaciago. 

Susan Landau
      is a Visiting Scholar in the Computer Science Department at
      Harvard University. She has briefed Congress on a variety of
      issues, including digital rights management and security and
      privacy of digital identity systems. Landau was a distinguished
      engineer at Sun Microsystems from 1999 to 2010; before that, she
      taught computer science at the University of Massachusetts and
      Wesleyan University. She is the coauthor, with Whitfield Diffie,
      of "Privacy on the Line: the Politics of Wiretapping and
      Encryption" (MIT Press, 1998; revised 2007). Her book
      "Surveillance or Security? The Risks Posed by New Wiretapping
      Technologies" has been awarded the annual book prize by the
      Surveillance Studies Network.

    More information at:

      Here you can find her recent interview made by Tech and Law


      The event will be held in English. No Italian translation
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