Cyber Security, Law, and Society Alliance
The BU Cyber Security, Law, and Society Alliance (Cyber Alliance) is a collaboration between computer science researchers, law professors, and social scientists to position BU as a leader in the burgeoning global discussion on cybersecurity. The alliance aims to leverage BU’s disciplinary breadth to create opportunities for cross-disciplinary debate, research, and activities in pursuit of this goal.
The Cyber Alliance is spearheaded by the Center for Reliable Information Systems & Cyber Security (RISCS).
The alliance has established a seminar series to explore the interaction between cybersecurity technology, law, and policy. In addition, the alliance has invited field experts to give seminars at BU and supported congressional briefings to continue to grow the credentials of the University in this research area. Additionally, faculty are working to create innovative learning opportunities that bring computer science and law students together to tackle challenges of data ethics and cybersecurity law.
Computing & Cybersecurity
Social Science & Law
In addition to the above BU researchers, many students as well as collaborators from Greater Boston Area institutions contribute to the BU Cyber Alliance and participate in events and related discussions.
Since the fall of 2016, the alliance has organized and sponsored a number of successful events. These events, which are on-going (see below), rotate between the School of Law and at the Hariri Institute of Computing, with BU Law faculty giving talks tailored for technically-minded audiences at the Hariri Institute, and reciprocally with RISCS researchers giving presentation tailored for social-science-minded audiences at the Law School; the intent is to explain work in a manner that is accessible to the ‘other side’.
- Governing the Internet: Public Access, Private Regulation (symposium) – Journal of Science and Technology Law
- How Computer Scientists Can Wrest Tech Policy Out of the Cold, Dead Grip of the Invisible Hand – Paul Ohm (Georgetown)
- Using Machine Learning to Improve Policy Problems: An Econometric Perspective – Sendhil Mullainathan (Harvard University)
- Bridging Privacy Definitions: Differential Privacy and Privacy Concepts from Law and Policy – Alexandra Wood (Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University)
- Rory Van Loo (BU Law)
- Machine Generated Culpability: Inscrutable Machine Evidence in the Criminal Legal Process – Ahmed Ghappour (BU Law)
- Digital Advertising: A View from the Inside – John Byers (Computer Science)
- Robot Lawyers: Automating Legal Compliance for Transferring Private Data – Stephen Chong (Harvard University)
While the following events are not hosted by the Cyber Alliance, they contribute to the University’s broad interest at the intersection of law, technology, social sciences, and the humanities.
- BU Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar Series presents Open Access and Research into History: Issues of Copyright – Casey Westerman (Institute of Advanced Studies) on Kurt Gödel’s Max Phil notebooks, with commentary from Peter Suber (Harvard University)
- BU Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar Series presents Accountability in an Age of Algorithms: How Should Ethics and Technology Converse? – speakers to be announced
PAST EVENTS & ACTIVITIES
Seminars - External Visitors
Brown Bag Lunch Series
Cybersecurity Congressional Briefings
As the collaborations enabled by the alliance continue to grow, a number of exciting opportunities for faculty and students are being planned, including:
- Resident scholars
- Cross-disciplinary research
- Joint workshops
- Development of educational training materials for lawyers like judges and prosecutors
- Development of curricula for joint classes to BU students
For more information about current as well as planned activities of the BU Cyber Security, Law, and Society Alliance, please contact Mayank Varia, Co-Director of RISCS and MACS project lead, at firstname.lastname@example.org.