Cyber Security as Social Experiment

Wolter Pieters, D. Hadziosmanovic, Francien Dechesne

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    Lessons from previous experiences are often overlooked when deploying security-sensitive technology in the real world. At the same time, security assessments often suffer from a lack of real-world data. This appears similar to general problems in technology assessment, where knowledge about (side-)effects of a new technology often only appears when it is too late. In this context, the paradigm of new technologies as social experiments was proposed, to achieve more conscious and gradual deployment of new technologies, without losing the ability to steer the developments or make changes in designs. In this paper, we propose to apply the paradigm of new technologies as social experiments to security-sensitive technologies. This new paradigm achieves (i) inherent attention for the ethics of deploying security-sensitive systems in the real world, and (ii) more systematic extraction of real-world security data and feedback into decision making processes.
    Original languageUndefined
    Title of host publicationNSPW '14 Proceedings of the 2014 workshop on New Security Paradigms, NSPW 2014
    Place of PublicationNew York
    PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
    Number of pages10
    ISBN (Print)978-1-4503-3062-6
    Publication statusPublished - 15 Sep 2014
    Event2014 New Security Paradigms Workshop, NSPW 2014 - Victoria, BC, Canada
    Duration: 15 Sep 201418 Sep 2014

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    Workshop2014 New Security Paradigms Workshop, NSPW 2014
    Other15-18 September 2014


    • SCS-Cybersecurity
    • EC Grant Agreement nr.: FP7/318003
    • EWI-25763
    • IR-94339
    • Social Experiment
    • Cyber Security
    • METIS-309914
    • EC Grant Agreement nr.: FP7/2007-2013

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