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Brave New World: Security for Humans in Cyberspace

The Horst Görtz Institute for IT-Security is pleased to announce the 3rd SecHuman Summer School for talented junior researchers:

3rd SecHuman Summer School – Brave New World: Security for Humans in Cyberspace
June 3 – 6, 2019, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany

The Summer School addresses young researchers interested in inter- and transdisciplinary questions in Cybersecurity. The Summer School adresses core research areas of the PhD school SecHuman.

In recent years, IT security and privacy have become increasingly important topics for society as a whole. Since both subject areas are linked with legal as well as social and technological aspects, it is necessary to dovetail different disciplines in order to understand the complexity of modern technologies and their threats to organizational or private security. For this reason, it is imperative that these subject areas be the subject of inter- and transdisciplinary research. This approach can be classified internationally as very topical and innovative.

This Summer School represents the interdisciplinary discussions of the NRW Research College SecHuman – Security for Humans in Cyberspace, condenses them into a four-day event and opens them to a broad audience.

Guided by top international European and US researchers, you will get a fresh look at modern cybersecurity from different perspectives:

An introductory workshop on Day 1 will provide you with tools for inter- and transdisciplinary work. After that, cybersecurity is introduced as a social, mediated and technical phenomenon.

Day 2 covers the quantification of security from the perspectives of cryptography, hardware reverse engineering and human aspects. Therefore, talks will be given by experts from these areas and interactive assignments will be provided to the participants.

Day 3 focuses on forensic linguistics as the interface between language, law and crime.

Finally, Day 4 investigates how privacy is at odds with both the data economy and user convenience – and if it is possible to overcome these conflicts. Business models of web and mobile apps often rely on monetization via ads specifically targeted at the user’s interests. On the other hand, users can benefit if the service offers improved usability and personalization based on their habits and preferences.

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