Sessions at USENIX ATC '04 on Wednesday 30th June

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  • Thinking Sensibly About Security in an Uncertain World

    by Bruce Schneier

    All security decisions involve trade-offs: how much security you get, and what you give up to get it. When we decide whether to walk down a dimly lit street, purchase a home burglar alarm system, or implement an airline passenger profiling system, we're making a security trade-off. Everyone makes these trade-offs all the time. It's intuitive and natural, and fundamental to being alive. But paradoxically, people are astonishingly bad at making rational decisions about these trade-offs.

    At 9:00am to 10:00am, Wednesday 30th June

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  • Panel: The Politicization of Security

    by Avi Rubin, Ed Felten, Jeff Grove and Gary McGraw

    Like it or not, security has become political. Technologists once interested only in how security apparatus works and how it fails need to be cognizant of the ramifications of their activities. These days, announcing a security flaw can lead to personal and professional attack by corporate spin control. Pointing out that the emperor has no clothes can wind you up in jail. Demanding secure voting induces smear campaigns—even in a democracy.

    This panel is about what happens when security and politics collide. Using particular real world examples, we will discuss the politicization of security. Examples we will discuss include:

    • The RIAA and the DMCA
    • Electronic voting apparatus
    • Compiler flaws and Microsoft security response

    We will debate the finer points of:

    • Disclosure of security problems
    • Civil liberty and security
    • Fighting stupid security

    At 10:30am to 12:00pm, Wednesday 30th June

  • FREENIX SESSIONS: Opening Remarks & Awards

    by Bart Massey and Keith Packard

    At 1:30pm to 1:30pm, Wednesday 30th June

  • Invited Talk: The Technical Changes in Qt Version 4

    by Matthias Ettrich

    At 2:00pm to 3:00pm, Wednesday 30th June