Lawfare Live

Lawfare Live: Trustworthy Hardware and Software

By Katherine Pompilio
Monday, May 2, 2022, 3:45 PM

In a world of growing dependence on all things digital, consumers of information and communications technology goods face an increasingly important question: How, and to what extent (if any), can they be confident that the systems on which they rely are worthy of trust?  One need only think of the controversies surrounding hardware and software systems manufactured in China but used in Western commerce to understand the political and practical salience of the problem.

The Lawfare Institute in 2020 convened a working group of experts, with support from Intel, to begin the difficult effort of articulating and justifying a set of trustworthiness principles – concepts that, ex ante, would justify accepting a digital artifact as worthy of being trusted. And the results are here—in the form of a robust paper capturing the working group's insights.

On Friday, May 6, at 11:00 a.m. ET, Lawfare Senior Editor Alan Rozenshtein will discuss the trustworthy hardware and software project and its findings with the paper's authors, Paul Rosenzweig (founder of Red Branch Consulting PLLC and former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy in the Department of Homeland Security); Justin Sherman (fellow in the Atlantic Council's Cyber Statecraft Initiative); and Benjamin Wittes (Lawfare's Editor in Chief). They will walk through their comparative checklist of steps that organizations can take to try to demonstrate their products to be trustworthy and, of course, they will answer your questions.

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