September 11, 2007

"Technology, Privacy and Civil Liberties:
The Challenges of Homeland Security"

A discussion with

 Peter G. Neumann

SRI International

Tuesday September 11, 2007
6 to 7:30 p.m.

Computer technology plays a critical role in homeland security operations.  This application of high technology has also created controversy.  High profile examples include the FBI’s Carnivore (electronic communications surveillance) project and electronic surveillance by the National Security Agency.

Peter G. Neumann has been with SRI’s Computer Science Lab for over 35 years where he is known for taking a holistic approach to information security issues.  He will discuss some of the pressing questions involved in the attempt to ensure homeland security, including:

Dr. Neumann will discuss these questions, including lessons that should be learned from the past.  He will address both progress and lack of progress, particularly in the six years to the day since Tuesday, September 11, 2001.  Relevant issues include critical infrastructures, national security, election systems, medical care, and large-scale databases.  He will also discuss the need for R&D, the potential and inherent limits of technology and what governments, businesses and individuals can and should do.

Peter G. Neumann has doctorates from Harvard and Darmstadt.  After 10 years at Bell Labs, he joined SRI's Computer Science Lab since September 1971.  He is concerned with computer systems and networks, trustworthiness/dependability, high assurance, security, reliability, survivability, safety, and many risks-related issues such as voting-system integrity, crypto policy, social implications, and human needs including privacy.  He is a member of the U.S. Government Accountability Office Executive Council on Information Management and Technology, and the California Office of Privacy Protection advisory council.  He co-founded People For Internet Responsibility.  He has taught courses at Darmstadt, Stanford, U.C. Berkeley, and the University of Maryland.  See his website for testimonies for the U.S. Senate and House and California state Senate and Legislature, papers, bibliography and further background.