The Future of Wiretapping

Date: Tuesday, June 4, 2013
1:00pm ET / 10:00AM PT / 18:00 GNT (Duration: 1 hour)
Mobile IP-based communications and changes in technologies have been a subject of concern for law
enforcement, which is seeking to extend current wiretap design requirements to IP networks. Such
an extension would create considerable security risks as well as seriously harm innovation. But the exploitation of naturally occurring bugs in the platforms being used by targets may be a better alternative.

Susan Landau works in the areas of cybersecurity, privacy, and public policy. Landau was a Distinguished Engineer at Sun Microsystems, and has been 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 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, as well as op-eds on cybersecurity and encryption policy. She has testified to Congress on wiretapping and cybersecurity issues, and has briefed legislators in Europe and the US on various cybersecurity concerns, including encrytption, surveillance, and digital-rights management. Landau serves on the Computer Science Telecommunications Board of the National Research Council, and has been a member of the advisory committee for the National Science Foundation's Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering, the Commission on Cyber Security for the 44th Presidency, and on NIST's Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board. Landau was a 2012 Guggenheim fellow, a fellow at the Radcliff Institute for Advanced Study, the recipient of the 2008 Women of Vision Social Impact Award, and a fellow of both the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Association for Computing Machinery. She received her BA from Princeton, her MS from Cornell, and her PhD from MIT.

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