[Air-L] November 4: Trusting Human Safety to Software: What Could Possibly Go Wrong? Center for Information Technology Policy, Princeton University

Solon Barocas solon at nyu.edu
Mon Nov 3 08:21:32 PST 2014

On Tuesday, November 4, the Center for Information Technology Policy (CITP) at Princeton University is hosting a public conference on the legal and policy implications of software safety, entitled “Trusting Human Safety to Software: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?”


Software now runs a multitude of vital systems: medical devices that dispense insulin or control heart rhythms; records of health information; and infrastructure, including power plants or air traffic control. Emerging technologies, such as drones and driverless cars, continue to extend the impact of software on the physical world. Code failures increasingly lead to bodily harms, yet public awareness of these dangers is low and our understanding of how to govern them is nascent. This conference focuses on the need for affirmative, preventative measures to be put into place in this area. Panels will discuss the legal and policy context of software safety, the general consequences of code failures, and the particular effects of software on the health and automotive sectors.

If you plan to attend in person, please RSVP: https://citp.princeton.edu/thss/rsvp/.   No RSVP or login is required for watching the livestream: http://mediacentrallive.princeton.edu/.     Questions from the virtual audience will be accepted under the hashtag #safersoftware. 

Should you be unavailable on November 4, archived copies of the talks will be available on YouTube approximately a week after the conference: https://www.youtube.com/user/citpprinceton.



10:00am — Introduction

Andrea Matwyshyn — Trusting Human Safety to Software

10:30am — Software Safety: Setting the Legal Context

Judith Rauhofer — Our Bodies, Ourselves 2.0: The Role of Informational Self-Determination in the Prevention of Physical Harm from Code-Based Devices
Ian Brown — Institutional Capabilities for Information Security Regulation
Elizabeth Rowe — The Tension between Intellectual Property and Consumer Protection in Technology Contexts
Suzanne Munck — Alice and Bob and Software Patents
Robert Anguizola — Selling Software Safety: Truthful Advertising and Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act

12:00pm — Software Safety: Asking the Right Questions

Seda Gürses — From Security to Resilience and Back Again
Solon Barocas — Safe “Enough” for Humans?: The Meaning of Accuracy in Machine Learning
Burkhard Schafer — “You Don’t Have the Right to Remain Silent”: Explanation-Aware Computing and the Management of Machine Liability

1:00pm — Lunch

1:15pm — Software Safety and Social Harms

David Levine — Secret Code and Public Harms
Lisa Lynch — “Snake Oil Software Crap”: Journalists, Information Vulnerability, and the Search for a Technological Fix
Kim Zetter — Stuxnet and Collateral Damage: How Attacks Meant for Our Enemies Come Back to Bite Us
Stephanie Pell — The StingRay’s Tale: Claims of Method Secrecy for Surveillance Technology as a Source of Public Harm

2:30pm — Software Safety and Patient Harms

Jay Radcliffe — A Hacker and His Insulin: Fighting for Safety and Losing
Elizabeth Jex — Health Data Integrity: Consumer Protection and Competition in Innovation
Chris Marsden — How the Tubes are Strangling Their Owners

3:45pm — Break

4:00pm — Software Safety: Connected Cars and Beyond

Raúl Rojas — Software Security: New Challenges for the Automotive Industry
Beau Woods — Hackers in Rear View Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear
Jen Ellis — Code of Conduct: Security Research and Legislative Reform

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