Panel: Challenge A: How can we radically improve the state-of-the-art of IT security and privacy for sensitive human communications and transactions? presented at FSC 2020

by Adrian Perrig, Gerhard Knecht, Roberto Gallo,


Summary : How can we provide ordinary citizens access affordable and user-friendly IT services with levels of trustworthiness that are radically-unprecedented and meaningfully-abiding to the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, at least for their most sensitive computing?Can we re-create in cyberspace a meaningful digital private sphere? What are the key paradigms needed to achieve this goal? What is the role of uncompromisingly “zero trust” security-by-design paradigms, via transparent and extreme review and oversight of all critical lifecycle components and processes? Can we realistically secure enough CPU design and chip fabrication oversight? What are the advantages, disadvantages and limitations of free/open source software? What is the role of formal verification? What is the role of public security-review by “ethical” experts? How about quantum computing, artificial intelligence and blockchain?Can citizen-witness and citizen-jury processes help secure the supply-chain? What is the role of certification and oversight governance? What scale of investments are needed? Can we imagine a parallel hardware and software ultra-secure computing universe, as a user-friendly supplement to every-day computing devices?