Seminar: The Need for Ethical Security Research or Why If We Don't Get our Act Together Soon, We Will All Be in Some Really Hot Water
Michael Bailey - Prof. from University of Michigan
Networking and Security
Date: May 9, 2012
: Research on rapidly advancing information and communication technology (ICT) has exposed gaps between what researchers could do and what they should do. Existing research in security, networking, and distributed systems---malware, botnets, click fraud, phishing spam, vulnerability analysis, reverse engineering, denial-of-service attacks, underground markets, etc.---routinely raise issues of risks including physical, psychological, legal, social, and economic harms. Existing work in ethics, in particular normative ethics, provides a variety of formal mechanisms for reasoning about the correctness of one's behavior, but the application of these methods in these domains has been hampered due to a lack of community consensus on principles, a dearth of practical experience in formal ethical decision making, and gaps and inconstancies in enforcement and oversight. This talk highlights the need to tackle these thorny issues and discusses a number of community efforts aimed at addressing them.
The Need for Ethical Security Research or Why If We Don't Get our Act Together Soon, We Will All Be in Some Really Hot Water