Wendy M Seltzer

Strategy Management Lead

Primary DLC

Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory

MIT Room: NE36-7212

Recent Work

  • Video

    Data Ownership Panel - 2016-ICT-Conference

    April 27, 2016Conference Video Duration: 71:10

    Data Ownership Impact on Privacy and Security

    Encryption as a means of data control (privacy and security):

    For a long time, interaction on Web has been less private or secure than many end-users expect and prefer. Now, however, the widespread
    deployment of encryption helps us to change that.

    * Making encryption widespread. For years we have known how to do encryption, but it wasn't widely used, because it wasn't part of overall
    system design. In response, particularly as we've become aware of capabilities for network-scale monitoring, standards groups including
    IETF and W3C have worked to encrypt more of those network connections at the protocol and API-design phase, and to make it easier to deploy and use encrypted protocols such as HTTPS. Encryption won't necessarily stop a targeted attack (attackers can often break end-user systems where they can't brute-force break the encryption), but it raises the effort required for surveillance and forces transparency on other network participants who want to see or shape traffic.

    * Secure authentication. Too many of our "secure" communications are protected by weak password mechanisms, leaving users open to password database breaches and phishing attacks. Strong new authentication mechanisms, being worked on for web-wide standards, can replace the password; helping users and applications to secure accounts more effectively. Strong secure authentication will enable users to manage their personal interactions and data privacy, as well as securing commercial data exchange.

    2016 MIT Information and Communication Technologies Conference