Trust, Security, and Society - KEY-205

Bruce Schneier, Chief Technology Security Officer, BT

Human societies run on trust. Every day, we all trust millions of people, organizations, and systems -- and we do it so easily that we barely notice. But in any system of trust, there is an alternative, parasitic, strategy that involves abusing that trust. Ensuring defectors don't destroy the very cooperative systems they're abusing is an age-old problem. So society has developed a variety of pressures to induce cooperation: moral systems, reputational systems, institutional systems, and security systems. Understanding how these different societal pressures work -- and fail -- is essential to understanding the problems we face in today's increasingly technological and interconnected world.

Bruce Schneier is an internationally renowned security technologist, referred to by The Economist as a "security guru." Schneier is the author of nine books -- including the best sellers Beyond Fear, Secrets and Lies, and Applied Cryptography -- as well as hundreds of articles and essays, and many more academic papers. His influential newsletter "Crypto-Gram," and his blog "Schneier on Security," are read by over 250,000 people. He has testified before Congress, is a frequent guest on television and radio, served on several government technical committees, and is regularly quoted in the press. He is the Chief Security Technology Officer of BT.



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