Invited Speakers

Friday plenary session

Susan Landau
Sun Microsystems Laboratories

Title: Unsecuring the Internet: A New Government Policy?


Over the last half decade the U.S. government has extended wiretapping capabilities through requiring surveillance capabilities be built into Internet voice communications systems and by expanding warrantless wiretapping to any communications where one end was "reasonably believed" to be located outside the U.S. These expansions have been viewed as threats to civil liberties and there has been much public debate about threats to security versus the risks to privacy. But in a world that has both al-Qaeda and Hurricane Katrina, does increased wiretapping capability make us safer? In this talk, we examine security risks created by expanding wiretapping capabilities.


Susan Landau is a Distinguished Engineer at Sun Microsystems Laboratories, where she works on security, cryptography, and policy, including surveillance and digital-rights management issues. Landau had previously been a faculty member at the University of Massachusetts and Wesleyan University, where she worked in algebraic algorithms. She is coauthor, with Whitfield Diffie, of Privacy on the Line: the Politics of Wiretapping and Encryption (MIT Press, original edition: 1998; updated and expanded edition: 2007), participant in a 2006 ITAA study on the security risks of applying the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act to VoIP, lead author on the 1994 ACM study "Codes, Keys, and Conflicts: Issues in U.S. Crypto Policy," and author of numerous computer science and public policy papers. She is currently a member of the editorial board of IEEE Security and Privacy and a section board member of the Communications of the ACM, and moderates the "researchers" list, an international mailing list for women computer science researchers. Landau served for six years as a member of the National Institute of Standards and Technology's Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board. Landau is the recipient of the 2008 Women of Vision Social Impact Award, an AAAS Fellow, and an ACM Distinguished Engineer. She received her BA from Princeton, her MS from Cornell, and her PhD from MIT.

Saturday plenary session

Jeannette M. Wing
President's Professor of Computer Science
Carnegie Mellon University

Title: Computational Thinking