FC: Scientific American privacy conf in NYC next week -- free tickets

From: Declan McCullagh (declanat_private)
Date: Wed Feb 27 2002 - 09:36:20 PST

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    [As a courtesy to Politech readers, Scientific American generously has 
    offered list members three complimentary tickets to this conference. Laura 
    Salant has said the *first three* Politech members to call the number below 
    will get the complimentary tickets. Please do not respond to this message 
    (I have nothing to do with the event). If you call too late for the free 
    admission, Politech members still qualify for the two-thirds off offer. 
    Good luck. --Declan]
    Date: 26 Feb 2002 15:18:07 -0500
    From: "Laura Salant" <lsalantat_private>
    To: <declanat_private>
    --- ** Join The Summit on Privacy, Security and Safety ** -----
    March 5 - 6th, Plaza Hotel, New York, NY
    ** Exclusive Online Offer--66% off--only $500 for full conference pass
    ** Call Now and mention password "SCIAM" - 914-245-7764
    Be the first to examine the impact of the war against terrorism on
    privacy and security. Focusing on the global concerns of the private
    and public sectors, the forum will cover topics such as
    technologies for the new framework, security in private sectors,
    vulnerabilities in financial services, bioterrorism, tracking terror,
    biosurveillance, medical privacy and much more.
    ===== Speakers include:
    Senator Robert Bennett, R. James Woolsey (Former CIA Director),
    Congressman Sherwood Boehlert (Chairman of the House Science
    Committee), Marc Rotenberg (EPIC), John Rennie (Scientific American
    Editor in Chief), along with representatives from IBM, Deutsche Bank,
    EDS, Citigroup, Visa, DaimlerChrysler, the Council for Foreign
    Relations, Brookings Institution, The New York Times, Newsweek and
    Yale University.
    Find out more at: http://www.globalprivacysummit.net/
    ** Register Now and mention password "SCIAM" - 914-245-7764
    Message-Id: <20020227185532.7550B104F9at_private>
        Program Topics
          Session I
        Privacy, Cyber Security and Safety in the Private Sector. The impact
        of the September attacks has touched every aspect of our life and
        nowhere is that transformation more keenly felt than in private
        enterprise. Government access to business transactions databases and
        banking have emerged as key weapons in the war against terrorism.
        Furthermore, The Patriot Act imposes new responsibilities on business,
        including alerting authorities about the suspicious behavior of both
        customers and employees. Transforming security policy to an IT
        infrastructure is a complex task. Session speakers will discuss the
        systems and emerging technologies that are providing the technological
        solutions to this task. The session will explore successful
        strategies, methodologies and emerging technologies that are being
        used to transform security requirements into robust, effective
        Session II
        Trust but Verify: Vulnerabilities and Solutions in Financial Services.
        Trust continues to be the most important attribute of the financial
        services industry, with consumers continuing to want their financial
        information to be available on demand and easy to access. Above all,
        they want these services to be provided in safe, sound private and
        secure ways. Yet concern about the vulnerabilities of the Internet has
        been heightened by recent events and evidence of criminal activities
        such as identity theft and money laundering. Transaction security,
        infrastructure security and asset protection are essential in
        financial services. Industry leaders will discuss what they are doing
        to sustain consumer confidence and how they ensure the soundness,
        privacy and security of financial transactions while focusing on
        customers as a foundation for innovative business strategies.
        Session III
        The New Framework: The U.S. Perspective. Have the imperatives of the
        war on terrorism caused the need for a whole new framework for data
        protection among the democratic allies? While privacy may not be an
        absolute right, the open exchange of ideas is critical to the
        continued growth of the information economy and the protection of
        citizens' basic rights in any democratic society. Across the globe,
        governments are challenged to adopt the policies and roles that are
        most likely to guarantee freedom of expression, sustain economic
        growth, and protect the safety and security of citizens. The session
        speakers -- composed of global regulators, executives of multinational
        companies and international experts -- will examine these challenges,
        advance solutions and discuss international standards that ensure the
        safety of citizens as well as protect privacy in a world of
        trans-border data flows.
        Session IV
        Individual Privacy and Public Safety: Reconciling Competing Human
        Values. At the heart of the present debate is the protection of human
        rights and civil liberties, including privacy, and the erosion of
        those rights in the name of public safety. Justice Louis Brandeis
        described privacy as "the most comprehensive of all rights and the one
        most cherished by a free people", yet while privacy is recognized in
        the EU as a human right, there is no right to privacy in the
        Constitution. Privacy must be balanced against competing interests
        such as public safety. The current debate about privacy is not so much
        about a legal or technical concept as a social one. The critical
        question about the protection of civil liberties and public safety in
        the 21st century is the same as it has always been -- namely, whom
        should you trust?
        Session V
        Part I: Bioterrorism: Lessons Learned from Dark Winter. In July 2001
        CSIS CEO John Hamre and former senator Sam Nunn outlined the results
        of a war game that simulated a biological attack on American soil
        before the House Subcommittee on National Security, Veterans Affairs,
        and International Relations. Among the findings:
          * An attack on the United States with biological weapons could cause
            massive civilian casualties, breakdown in essential institutions,
            civil disorder, loss of confidence in government and reduced U.S.
            strategic flexibility.
          * The U.S. Government currently lacks adequate strategies, plans and
            information systems to manage a crisis of this type or magnitude.
          * Public health is now a major security issue.
          * Containing the spread of a contagious disease delivered as a
            bioweapon will present significant ethical, political, cultural,
            operational and legal challenges.
        In October 2001 the United States suffered its first confirmed
        experience of biological warfare with the anthrax attack. Our
        panelists -- all of who were participants in the original Dark Winter
        -- will review where we are now in terms of preparedness and what has
        been learned since the original exercise.
        Part II: Tracking Terror -- Biosurveillance and Medical Privacy. While
        early detection can save lives and that the U.S. public health system
        is currently unprepared and ill equipped to respond quickly and
        decisively to biological attacks. Biosurveillance -- using smart
        systems to sift through data and look for connections through access
        to medical records -- can find connections not readily apparent to
        human beings, but it is a massive undertaking. It will require
        coordination of the health care system at a national level. It will
        also require that we calculate the right balance between safety and
        privacy. How will the US health care system respond to these new
        public health imperatives? Will these requirements further erode
        patient/physician trust? Is there a technological solution capable of
        meeting the apparently contradictory requirements of HIPAA and public
        Session VI
        Meeting the Clear and Present Danger: Critical Infrastructure
        Protection and Technology. We have been warned that we need to defend
        our national infrastructure against the threat of a "digital Pearl
        Harbor." Americans have been alerted that cyberattacks may be part of
        the terror arsenal. Dependence on information and communications
        infrastructure has created new cyber-vulnerabilities. Electronic
        transfers of money, distribution of electrical power, response to
        emergency services and military command and control are all at risk.
        If not the weapons of mass destruction, these cyberthreats are
        certainly weapons of mass disruption. No computer is immune from
        denial of service attacks. Furthermore most of the cyberworld is in
        private hands, making a unified defense difficult. This session will
        discuss these challenges as well as the requirements of more secure
        technologies and the emergence of new public/private partnerships to
        meet these threats.
        Session VII
        It's Not Just about the Technology... In a world that is witnessing a
        transition from consumer/business privacy issues to citizen/privacy
        issues, technology can only provide a partial solution to what is
        essentially a human dilemma. However, new technologies that ensure
        privacy need not be a threat to public safety. Technical tools are
        definitely part of the mix of institutional, procedural and technical
        safeguards, for both privacy and security. Speakers will discuss the
        strategic implications of recent technologies, including those that
        support security and public safety in the private sector.
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