School of Computing

Mar 12, 2021
11:00 - 12:00
Ethics in Cybersecurity: Three Approaches and Their Challenges
School of Computing - Security Group Seminar
Kevin Macnish, University of Twente

Abstract: This talk gives an overview of the state of the art in research on the ethics of cybersecurity, looking at bottom-up, pragmatist, and top-down approaches to understanding and defining ethical challenges in the field. Each comes with its own drawbacks, which will be examined in this talk. Finally, a combined approach will be advocated, but one which involves a new top-down theory drawing on recent research in the ethics of risk.

Bio: Kevin Macnish is Assistant Professor in Philosophy at the University of Twente and Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Leeds. His research is in the ethics of privacy, surveillance and cybersecurity. He has published two books and several articles on surveillance ethics and is the joint author of the chapter on Cybersecurity Ethics in the forthcoming OUP Handbook on Digital Ethics.


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Open to everyone, especially those interested in cyber security research,


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