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Why Do Keynote Speakers Keep Suggesting That Improving Security Is Possible?

James Mickens at Harvard University gave a keynote at USENIX Security 2018 on Why Do Keynote Speakers Keep Suggesting That Improving Security Is Possible?

Some people enter the technology industry to build newer, more exciting kinds of technology as quickly as possible.

I will explain why the proliferation of ubiquitous technology is good in the same sense that ubiquitous Venus weather would be good, i.e., not good at all. Using case studies involving machine learning and other hastily-executed figments of Silicon Valley’s imagination, I will explain why computer security (and larger notions of ethical computing) are difficult to achieve if developers insist on literally not questioning anything that they do since even brief introspection would reduce the frequency of git commits.

More about Security ’18 at https://security18.usenix.org

Why Do Keynote Speakers Keep Suggesting That Improving Security Is Possible?


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