InfoSec Seminar: Discrete Choice, Social Interaction, and Policy in Encryption Technology Adoption

Speaker: Dr Tristan Caulfield

Date/Time: 11-Feb-2016, 16:00 UTC

Venue: Roberts 110



We introduce a model for examining the factors that lead to the adoption of new encryption technologies.  Building on the work of Brock and Durlauf, the model describes how agents make choices, in the presence of social interaction, between competing technologies given their relative cost, functionality, and usability. We apply the model to examples about the adoption of encryption in communication (email and messaging) and storage technologies (self-encrypting drives) and also consider our model's predictions for the evolution of technology adoption over time.

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