Privacy and Security

Information technology lets people learn about one another on a scale previously unimaginable. Information in the wrong hands can be harmful. Scholars on this site consider problems of privacy, fraud, identity, and security posed by the digital age.

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As more and more businesses and governments move towards cloud computing, policymakers, firms, and technologists have become increasingly focused on resolving security issues. Examine these issues and recent efforts to define security guidelines and assure cybersecurity in the cloud.
On March 16, 2011, Technology | Academics | Policy (TAP) held its inaugural #TAPtalk, a Twitter chat to discuss a specific technology policy issue. The first TAPtalk was devoted to privacy, a topic that continues to generate buzz on Capitol Hill and beyond as both industry and government seek solutions that will protect consumers as well as ensure continued marketplace innovation.
In yesterday’s Radio Berkman episode, Lawrence Lessig and Jonathan Zittrain examine the Internet Kill Switch. Is shutting down internet access ever a necessary act to protect a country’s citizens and infrastructure? Could this potential internet control be exploited in the U.S. as it has been in the Middle East and North Africa recently?
Lorrie Faith Cranor explores the privacy features of Microsoft's new browser version in light of privacy issues, in particular "Do Not Track" concerns.
Reminder that tomorrow, March 16th, TAP is hosting a Twitter chat on the topic of Internet privacy.
Privacy has been garnering a lot of attention lately. Last month, “Do Not Track” legislation was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives, spurring even more debate about online. In light of the discussions surrounding this issue, TAP will host a chat on Twitter under the hashtag #TAPtalk on March 16 at 2 p.m. EST.
James Grimmelmann discusses how participating in a data privacy symposium led to his paper (“Known and Unknown, Property and Contract: Comments on Hoofnagle and Moringiello”) that explores the problems of privacy and security in the payment system.
Some companies are imposing the law of the jungle on consumers. Privacy law is one of the few tools we have to civilize them.
An April 1, 2011 conference at Ohio State’s Moritz College of Law will focus on the roles and responsibilities both public and private sectors will have to shoulder in order for the United States to achieve global leadership in cybersecurity. In anticipation of the conference, the I/S journal has also launched a new blog for sharing news, ideas, opinions, and analyses on cybersecurity.
As much as some in the advertising industry dislike DNT, consumers are likely to judge it harshly too.
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