Protocol Governance: The Elite, or the Mob?

  • Ross Anderson
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7622)


My talk will be about the life that protocols acquire once they start evolving in a competitive environment. Why is the CA infrastructure so totally broken? Why are the APIs of hardware security modules almost unfixable? The answer, I will argue, is that the interface between the crypto layer and the comsec layer is becoming unmanageable because of conflicts of interest, governance failures at scale, asymmetric information and assorted externalities — in other words, a bundle of security-economics issues.


System Application Algorithm Analysis Governance Structure Asymmetric Information Competitive Environment 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ross Anderson
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  1. 1.University of CambridgeUK

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