Dr. Andrea M. Matwyshyn is a legal academic studying technology innovation and its policy implications, particularly corporate information security regulation and consumer privacy. She is currently a (tenured full) professor of law/professor of computer science (by courtesy) at Northeastern University, a faculty affiliate of the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School, and a visiting research collaborator at the Center for Information Technology Policy at Princeton University, where she was the Microsoft Visiting Professor during 2014-15. In 2014, Professor Matwyshyn served as the Senior Policy Advisor and Academic in Residence at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. She has testified in Congress on issues of technology innovation and information security regulation and is a US-UK Fulbright Commission Cyber Security Scholar award recipient in 2016-2017.


This talk challenges the underlying assumptions of the “cyber” or “cybersecurity” legal and policy conversation. It argues that the two dominant paradigms – information sharing and deterrence – reflect last century’s policy approaches that channel our security energies in misguided directions: in their current form, they will neither thwart technology-mediated attacks on our national security nor meaningfully bolster consumer protection. Drawing insights from the work of seminal philosopher of science Michael Polanyi, this talk first identifies four analytical flaws that plague the legal and policy analysis of information security. It then offers a new policy paradigm – reciprocal security inducement. Reciprocal security inducement reframes the legal and policy security conversation around two key elements: information vigilance infrastructure and defense primacy. The talk concludes with a list of concrete legal and policy suggestions reflecting the reciprocal security inducement paradigm.* *This talk contains bacon.

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