|CBI Computer Security History Workshop|
On July 11-12, 2014 the Charles Babbage Institute held a workshop to facilitate and advance scholarship and understanding of computer security history. The workshop was sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF CNS-TC 1116862) as a supplement to CBI’s multi-year research project, “Building an Infrastructure for Computer Security History.”
An open call for papers yielded high quality proposals in a range of themes and topics—from computer crime, security metrics, standards, and encryption to pioneering companies, privacy, internet design, and hacker culture. Proposals came in from historians, computer scientists, information scholars, and industry pioneers. At CBI we organized the papers, printed in a privately circulated workshop volume, into four thematic sessions: Conceptual Foundations, Industry Foundations, Law and Privacy, and Identity and Anonymity. Sessions on Friday July 11, were followed by a workshop dinner at the University of Minnesota’s Campus Club, with the fourth session and workshop wrap-up on Saturday, July 12.
During the workshop sessions, oral presentations were kept brief since all attendees had texts readily at hand. Discussion centered on providing feedback to authors in preparation for publication. The editorial board of IEEE Annals of the History of Computing approved plans for two special issues to publish revised papers from the event. All papers go through the journal’s standard peer review. Past IEEE Annals editor-in-chief and CBI associate director Jeffrey Yost will guest edit the two special issues.
Papers from the workshop:
Additional results from CBI’s NSF-funded research project include journal articles by co-PI Jeffrey Yost and graduate-student research assistant Nic Lewis forthcoming in IEEE Annals; the set of two dozen completed oral-history interviews ; and a unique compilation of knowledge-networking resources about computer security.