[Air-l] metaphors for internet security

jeremy hunsinger jhuns at vt.edu
Tue Jun 3 12:44:29 PDT 2003


yes, i can see your point are valid at the atomic level of the 
individual machine, but i don't know if they can scale to a molar level 
analysis in terms of internet connections. Certainly some parts of the 
body metaphor scale because they deal with mass culture, social 
effects, but some parts of it, such as barriers, multiple systems, 
might not scale as well.  for instance, while there are, in the current 
network, many nocs that could be seen as sort of a central nervous 
system of some sort, they function independently than the human body, 
perhaps we are just talking about a different kind of body in general.

one concept and metaphor that I've been quite wary of is the idea of 
trust....  trust between computers, trust between humans and computers, 
etc.  most of the time trust reduces to some form of security.


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