Computer Security and Privacy as a Social Science
Many of the biggest threats facing computer systems today exploit faulty assumptions made by engineers about how users will behave to protect themselves, their data, and the systems themselves.
No real systems will be secure unless those who design it, purchase it, deploy it, and use it have the knowledge and incentives to keep it secure.
We will examine information security and privacy as it relates to human behavior, using tools from economics, psychology and the social science. The readings have been selected to provide a wide cross-section of work in these areas. They have also been selected to include works that are both groundbreaking and entertaining.
2010 January 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, & 20 from 2:30pm to 5:00pm (Mondays and Wednesdays)
- Must be willing to read, discuss, and present in English.
- Experience reading academic papers is recommended.
- Ten academic papers to read (two per class)
- One thirty minute presentation of one of the course readings
- One short final paper or study plan
Last updated: Jan. 18th, 2009