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13th Annual AusCERT Information Security Conference: 12th - 16th May 2014

Edward Felten, Princeton University

Edward W. Felten is the Robert E. Kahn Professor of Computer Science and Public Affairs at Princeton University, and the founding Director of Princeton's Center for Information Technology Policy. In 2011-12 he served as the first Chief Technologist at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. His research interests include computer security and privacy, especially relating to media and consumer products; and technology law and policy. He has published about eighty papers in the research literature, and two books. His research on topics such as web security, copyright and copy protection, and electronic voting has been covered extensively in the popular press. His weblog, at freedom-to-tinker.com, is widely read for its commentary on technology, law, and policy.

He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and is a Fellow of the ACM. He has testified before the House and Senate committee hearings on privacy, electronic voting, and digital television. In 2004, Scientific American magazine named him to its list of fifty worldwide science and technology leaders.

Security in a Surveilled World

Today we face an unprecedented level of surveillance, both online and offline, and traditional approaches to security seem insufficient against highly capable adversaries.   Rather than surrendering to constant surveillance, we need new approaches that narrow the scope of surveillance to those cases where it is really justified, while promoting political accountability for the scope of surveillance.   This talk will describe technologies that exist today or are in development to help us limit and govern surveillance.