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Emerging Threats to Online Trust: The Role of Public Policy and Browser Certificates

Friday, October 22, 2010
9:00 am


New America Foundation
1899 L Street, NW, 4th Floor
Washington DC, 20036 United States
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(speakers and agenda)

Every day, we rely on our web browsers to keep our communications secure. Whether we are submitting our credit card for purchases, doing online banking, or sending email, the same fundamental security structure is being used. The lock icon displayed by web browsers might give users reason to believe that the prevailing “certificate”-based model is trustworthy, but the reality is that many vulnerabilities exist and the risks are multiplying. Hundreds of different entities located around the world have the ability to issue fraudulent certificates that will nevertheless be trusted by our browsers. Overcoming the shortcomings in the current model and working toward a better model requires cooperation of corporations, the government, developers, and users. Many of the most difficult challenges are not technical in nature but rather social or political.

For more background, see this blog post:
Web Security Trust Models

9:00am – Introduction:
Tech Tutorial by Ed Felten, Director of CITP (slides)
Policy Overview by Steve Schultze, Associate Director of CITP (slides)

9:30am – Keynote:
Andrew McLaughlin, White House Deputy CTO, Internet Policy

10:00am – Panel:
Chris Soghoian (moderator)
Peter Eckersley, Senior Staff Technologist, Electronic Frontier Foundation
Adam Langley, Senior Software Engineer, Google
Scott Rea, Senior PKI Architect, DigiCert

Ari Schwartz, Senior Internet Policy Advisor, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Andy Steingruebl, Manager, Internet Standards and Governance, PayPal

Hosted by Princeton’s Center for Information Technology Policy and the New America Foundation.