[SIGCIS-Members] open panels at SHOT

Bradley Fidler fidler at ucla.edu
Sat Nov 14 14:10:51 PST 2015

Hello all,

Following up on Chris' email, I'll note that Quinn Dupont and I are holding
a SHOT panel, "Security Technologies and Policy in Cyberspace."  Please
apply if you are interested and forward our call at will!

The call is here:

I've pasted the text of the call below.

All best,

Open Session - Call for Contributions

Society for the History of Technology (SHOT) Annual Meeting - Singapore,
22-26 July 2016

Security Technologies and Policy in Cyberspace

Organizers: Quinn Dupont <http://www.iqdupont.com/> (University of Toronto,
quinn.dupont at utoronto.ca) and Bradley Fidler <http://brfidler.com/>
(University of California, Los Angeles, fidler at ucla.edu)

This panel is for new ways to talk about security in the online world.

Discussions of security today are polarized, with very little common ground
between privacy advocates, on the one hand, and national security on the
other. Moreover, security technologies and infrastructures reflect this
polarization, wherein information security is configured as all-or-nothing,
seemingly unable to simultaneously permit individual privacy and access to
large-scale datasets for and about society. To date, privacy discourses
have not suffered any lack of academic and social attention, as have
technological solutions to national security, but there is a dearth of
scholarly investigation in between these approaches. Yet, at the
traditional points of contact academic researchers have been unaffiliated
with security technology and policy production. And, as Ceruzzi asked in
2014, “Are historians of computing failing by not incorporating the work of
agencies like the NSA?” Indeed, it is a symptom and a cause of this problem
that historians traditionally ignore the intelligence community even on
topics where they made contributions, such as in the civilian development
of computer networks and the ongoing use and promotion of TOR.

In this panel we seek to generate new and productive frameworks for
security and policy discussions that break the present stalemate. By
attending to the origins and development of security, networking, and other
digital technologies, we believe historically situated analyses can provide
fresh insights into technical, political, and social developments. This
panel seeks to bring together usually unconnected strands, including
historical work on cryptography (from Kahn, 1967 to Blanchette, 2012),
trustworthy computing (Misa and Yost, 2011-15), national security
infrastructures (Edwards, 1996), early network security (DuPont and Fidler,
n.d.), early codebreaking machines (Haigh, 2014), interconnections between
Shannon’s mathematical theory of secrecy and information (Thomsen, 2008),
institutions and governance (DeNardis, 2015), commercialization of software
security (Yost, 2015), Korean public key infrastructure (Park, 2015), and
US computer security policy (Warner, 2015).

We invite papers and other interventions in areas that include but are not
limited to:


   Intersectional perspectives on security

   Non-US/UK security contexts, histories, and practices

   Crypto Wars 1.0 (1991-96) and 2.0 (2013-)

   Future Internet Architectures

   Cyber espionage and intellectual property

   Software and data obfuscation (such as homomorphic encryption)

   Open-source and competitive intelligence

   Big data security

   Intelligence and security communities

   Commercialization of security technologies

   Standards and standardization

Bradley Fidler | Postdoc, UCLA Computer Science
323.963.4357 | brfidler.com | @brfidler

On 13 November 2015 at 20:56, Christopher Leslie <chris.leslie at nyu.edu>

> Dear Colleagues,
> The next SHOT conference will be held 22-26 June 2016 in Singapore. This
> is an earlier date than is typical. As usual, SIGCIS will have a themed
> workshop after the conference proper, but we also like to bring our work on
> computers, information and society to the main SHOT program.
> With this in mind, the SIGCIS executive committee notes that any
> conference-goer may organize an “Open Session.” I am writing to you today
> because we thought it would be a good idea to forward this information to
> the membership and encourage any effort to participate in regular panels as
> well as the SIGCIS workshop.
> As noted on SHOT’s website, anyone interested in organizing a panel should
> notify the Secretary’s office by email (shotsec at auburn.edu) before
> December 1. The email should include the session title, a 500-word
> description, and a contact email. This information will then be publicized
> on the SHOT website, and the organizer could/should seek other panelists
> (using this email list, H-NET, etc.). The ultimate composition of the panel
> will be up to the organizer.
> Organizers have until Dec. 15 to submit their finished panel as a
> traditional session for consideration by the program committee. The
> criteria for inclusion in the SHOT program are “quality and adherence to
> SHOT standards of gender, geographic, and institutional diversity.” The
> guidelines for a traditional panel require a short proposal and brief CVs
> from each participant. More information is available on the SHOT website (
> http://www.historyoftechnology.org/call_for_papers/).
> The CFP for the SIGCIS workshop will be coming in due course.
> Sincerely,
> Chris Leslie
> --
> Christopher S. Leslie, Ph.D.
> Co-Director and Lecturer, Science and Technology Studies
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> Vice Chair, IFIP History of Computing Working Group 9.7
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