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6.3 Cyber Surveillance

Class Outline 
   legal issues; domestic and international
   encription and secured device
   case study

Class Description (Susan Landau);  and ppt (recorded in 2016-05-19)

   Overview (from "Surveillance or Security" by Susan Landau)

    Digital communications are the lifeblood of modern society. We “meet up” online, tweet our reactions millions of times a day, connect through social networking rather       than in person. Large portions of business and commerce have moved to the Web, and much of our critical infrastructure, including the electric power grid, is controlled     online. This reliance on information systems leaves us highly exposed and vulnerable to cyberattack. Despite this, U.S. law enforcement and national security policy    
     remain firmly focused on wiretapping and surveillance. But, as cybersecurity expert Susan Landau argues in Surveillance or Security?, the old surveillance paradigms
    do not easily fit the new technologies. By embedding eavesdropping mechanisms into communication technology itself, we are building tools that could be turned
    against us and opting for short-term security and creating dangerous long-term risks. How can we get communications security right? Landau offers a set of principles
    to govern wiretapping policy that will allow us to protect our national security as well as our freedom.

  Contents (from "Surveillance or Security" by Susan Landau)

  • 1 Introduction
  • 2 Communication Networks and Their Architectures
  • 3 Securing the Internet Is Difficult
  • 4 Wiretaps and the Law
  • 5 The Effectiveness of Wiretapping
  • 6 Evolving Communications Technologies
  • 7 Who Are the Intruders? What Are They Targeting?
  • 8 Security Risks Arising from Wiretapping Technology
  • 9 Policy Risks Arising from Wiretapping
  • 10 Communication during Crises
  • 11 Getting Communications Security Right

Lecture Pool: Susan Landau
Additional Candidate Lecturers: Ronald Deibolt

  America's Surveillance State, youtube, 2015.
  Brookings Institute, "How online surveillance could impact the global Internet," 2013.6.20. (audio recording)
  Glen Greenwald, No Place to Hide.
  Snowden Surveillance Archive
  Surveillance & Society (Journal), Surveillance Study Network.
  Surveillance Study Network
  Susan Landau, Surveillance or Security, MIT Press, 2011. (youtube)
  Susan Landau, Cyber Surveillance, 2016.[ppt]
  Reuter, Russian expose breakthrough US spying program , 2018.2.
  Bruce Schneier, Data and Goliath.