Loaning Your Soul To The Devil: Influencing Policy Without Selling Out presented at 10th USENIX Security Symposium 2001

by Matt Blaze,

Tags: Security Risk

Summary : All of a sudden, it seems, computer security and cryptology have become important not only as technical problems but as public policy issues. More to the point, we practitioners and researchers in computer security and cryptology often now find ourselves sought out not only for technical expertise but also by policymakers, lobbyists, and the media. Unfortunately, we're often surprised at just how ill-prepared we are for the public policy culture, and we risk finding ourselves misused, misunderstood or misquoted. It doesn't have to be that way. This talk will present a personal view of the relationship between science and public policy, focusing on the different value systems, protocols, and expectations found in the two worlds. It really is possible to maintain one's integrity while making a difference, even inside the Beltway.