Why do we call this blog “Crossroads?”
A 2009 report of the American Bar Association concluded:
What will be the enduring image of this cyber era? Will it be one of a darkened city, whose electric grid has failed? Will it be a picture from Second Life or the image of a computing cloud? Or will it be a picture of cybercriminals led off to jail for their attempted offenses, having been caught in the act? Only time will tell. We are, however, convinced that we stand at the crossroads – the decisions we make today will help determine the defining images of tomorrow.
The 2009 White House Cyberspace Policy Review states:
The United States needs to conduct a national dialogue on cybersecurity to develop more public awareness of the threat and risks and to ensure an integrated approach toward the Nation’s need for security and the national commitment to privacy rights and civil liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and law.
We are trying to promote that dialog.
This blog supports two courses at Syracuse University concerning Cyber Security Law and Policy. These courses are conducted by the University’s Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism, a joint venture of the College of Law and of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. INSCT is lead by its director, Professor William C. Banks, and its deputy director, Vice Admiral Robert Murrett (Ret.). The cyber courses are taught by Professor William C. Snyder. This blog is maintained by Professor Snyder’s student research assistants.
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