Mark Your Calendar! Lecture and Panel Discussion on Security and Privacy to be featured

March 17, 2014

L. Jean Camp"Beyond Usability and Economics: Translucent Security" will be the topic of the ninth annual OCLC/Frederick G. Kilgour Lecture in Information and Library Science. The special lecturer will be Dr. L. Jean Camp, director of the Security Informatics Program and professor of Informatics at the School of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University - Bloomington. The event will also include a panel discussion featuring Dr. Zeynep Tufekci, SILS assistant professor and blogger of the popular Web site, and Anne Klinefelter, director of the UNC at Chapel Hill Law Library and associate professor of Law.

The event, which is scheduled for 2 p.m. on March 31, 2014 will be held in the Pleasants Family Assembly Room of the Wilson Library on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A reception will be held immediately after the lecture, which is free and open to the public. 

Economics of security identified the concept of incentive misalignment in security and privacy technologies. Incentive misalignment suggests that sometimes people do not care about privacy or security, and are right given the products being offered. Resolving this problem requires incentive-aligned design.
Risk communications suggest that people would invest and care about security, but are simply unaware of the risks. In this case, what is needed is effective risk communication. Security decisions follow the set of heuristics and incentive requirements documented in other risk domains; and design can recognize this. 
Finally, traditional usability suggests that technical solution are sometimes unusable, defeating those who seek secure computing. This requires not only improved interaction design, but also an understanding that interaction requirements are part of the cost of security investment. 
Dr. Camp argues that considering issues of caring, knowing and taking action are all appropriate goals of effective security design. Human and economic components must be treated in a comprehensive, theoretically-grounded manner. She proposes translucent security. Translucent security approaches users as individuals making complex risk decisions with limited budgets: including limited time, limited cognitive budgets, and  limited money. She will introduce the theoretical arguments for translucent security and enumerate the theories underlying the approach. Her analysis is grounded in basic observations of why some systems fail (e.g., lemons markets, lack of incentive, stop points). After briefly listing the principles, a few high-level overviews of past and current projects shows how these theories in principle are highly applicable in practice.

About Dr. L. Jean Camp
Professor Camp is a professor at the School of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University - Bloomington (IUB). She joined IUB from Harvard’s Kennedy School after a year as senior member of the Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories.  She has a doctorate from Carnegie Mellon, and MSEE from University of North Carolina-Charlotte. She is the author of two monographs and the editor of three other collections. She has authored over one hundred fifty additional works, including more than one hundred peer-reviewed works as well as book chapters and invited works. She has made scores of presentations across six continents. Her patents are in the area of privacy-enhancing technologies. Her professional service has included a year as a Congressional Fellow of the IEEE under the aegis of the IEEE.

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