Seth Schoen is Staff Technologist at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the world’s oldest on-line civil liberties organization. He wrote “Trusted Computing: Promise and Risk”, EFF’s report on trusted computing, following briefings from industry and academic experts on all sides of trusted computing. A free software developer, he led the development of the LNX-BBC live-CD GNU/Linux environment from its original incarnation as the Linuxcare Bootable Business Card through its success as an independent project with tens of thousands of copies in print.
Seth has spoken on trusted computing at the University of Illinois, SDForum, and the Bay Area Linux Users Group, and is currently writing a book on the subject.
So-called “trusted computing” technologies have raised a tremendous amount of controversy. They have been condemned as “Orwellian” and promoted as a means of stopping the ravages of computer viruses and limiting the power of intruders. How do these technologies really work? What do they add to the PC platform? If trusted computing is an “opt-in” technology, could it still be undesirable? We will spend a day exploring trusted computing architectures and their consequences with the goal of better understanding these architectures’ benefits and risks