How can we develop an institutional framework that can facilitate the provision of authoritative public attributions on a global scale?
In cybersecurity cases, we want to know not only who did it (i.e., which individuals were responsible for an intrusion, exploit or attack), but also who is responsible or who they were working for. Ideally, the attribution should satisfy not only ourselves, but many others. That is, we want the forms and methods of attribution to produce inter-subjective legitimacy and validity, even among parties who might be antagonistic or have radically different interests and perspectives.
In our view, the achievement of inter-subjectivity in cyber attributions would be an institutional accomplishment, not just a forensic or technological accomplishment. This presentation explores some of the issues and problems raised by authoritative public attribution in the international arena.
Milton Mueller is a professor at the Georgia Tech School of Public Policy and an internationally prominent scholar, specializing in the political economy of information and communication. The author of seven books and scores of journal articles, his work informs not only public policy but also science and technology studies, law, economics, communications, and international studies. His books Networks and States: The global politics of Internet governance (MIT Press, 2010) and Ruling the Root: Internet Governance and the Taming of Cyberspace (MIT Press, 2002) are acclaimed scholarly accounts of the global governance regime emerging around the Internet. Mueller’s research employs the theoretical tools of institutional economics, STS and political economy, as well as historical, qualitative and quantitative methods.
Organized by the Institute for Information Security & Privacy, the free and open-to-the-public Cybersecurity Lecture Series meets throughout the fall each Friday at Noon on the Georgia Tech campus, August – December. Invited speakers include executives and researchers from Fortune 500 companies, federal intelligence agencies, start-ups and incubators, as well as Georgia Tech faculty and students presenting their research.