Protocol Governance: The Elite, or the Mob?

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My talk will be about the life that protocols acquire once they start evolving in a competitive environment. Why is the CA infrastructure so totally broken? Why are the APIs of hardware security modules almost unfixable? The answer, I will argue, is that the interface between the crypto layer and the comsec layer is becoming unmanageable because of conflicts of interest, governance failures at scale, asymmetric information and assorted externalities --- in other words, a bundle of security-economics issues.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSecurity Protocols XX
Subtitle of host publication20th International Workshop, Cambridge, UK, April 12-13, 2012, Revised Selected Papers
EditorsBruce Christianson, James Malcolm, Frank Stajano, Jonathan Anderson
Place of PublicationBerlin, Heidelberg
PublisherSpringer Berlin Heidelberg
Number of pages1
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-642-35694-0
ISBN (Print)978-3-642-35693-3
Publication statusPublished - 12 Apr 2012
EventTwentieth International Workshop on Security Protocols 2012 - Cambridge, United Kingdom
Duration: 12 Apr 201213 Apr 2012
Conference number: 20

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
PublisherSpringer, Berlin, Heidelberg
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


WorkshopTwentieth International Workshop on Security Protocols 2012
Abbreviated titleSPW 2012
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


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