I’m liveblogging WEIS 2012, as I did in 2011, 2010 and 2009. The event is being held today and tomorrow at the Academy of Sciences in Berlin. We were welcomed by Nicolas Zimmer, Berlin’s permanent secretary for economics and research who mentioned the “explosive cocktail” of streetview, and of using social media for credit ratings, in he context of very different national privacy cultures; the Swedes put tax returns online and Britain has CCTV everywhere, while neither is on the agenda in Germany. Yet Germany like other countries wants the benefits of public data – and their army has set up a cyber-warfare unit. In short, cyber security is giving rise to multiple policy conflicts, and security economics research might help policymakers navigate them.
The refereed paper sessions will be blogged in comments below this post.