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Open Source Physical Security: Can We Have Both Privacy and Safety?

Keynote
Location: Portland Ballroom Level: Novice
Average rating: ***..
(3.68, 37 ratings)

In today’s post-9/11 world, it is increasingly assumed that security from terrorism and other attacks will require the loss of privacy by individuals and private organizations. The two main pathways advocated to date are

  1. top-down surveillance by governments (Surveillance State) or
  2. bottom-up sousveillance — where sousveillance means “watching from below” — with comprehensive, ubiquitous data collection and publication for all to view (Transparent Society).

There may be a third way: citizen-controlled, privacy-oriented, verifiably limited open source security devices and procedures focused on obtaining and sharing the minimal data required for communities to satisfy the reasonable concerns of their neighbors regarding the possible presence of specific weapons able to affect them directly.

The goal is to use decentralized, open source approaches to address legitimate security concerns without impacting personal privacy in other areas. The project does not require government participation.

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Christine Peterson

Foresight Institute

Christine Peterson writes, lectures, and briefs the media on coming powerful technologies, especially nanotechnology. She is Founder and Vice President of Foresight Institute, the leading nanotech public interest group. Foresight educates the public, technical community, and policymakers on nanotechnology and its long-term effects.

Her work is motivated by a desire to help Earth’s environment and traditional human communities avoid harm and instead benefit from expected dramatic advances in technology. This goal of spreading benefits led to an interest in new varieties of intellectual property including open source software, a term she is credited with originating. Currently she is working on Open Source Sensing.

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