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Promoting Common Sense, Reality, Dependable Engineering

Peter G. Neumann

Credit: Redux Pictures / The New York Times

On June 6, Peter G. Neumann, computer security's "designated holist"—a name given to him by ISCA's Information Security magazine—received an awardesigned to recognize not just his contributions to the field of systems design, but the broader impact his work has made to privacy, civil liberties, and democracy. Neumann was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Champions of Freedom event held by the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC). During the reception, Neumann highlighted the need to counter the abuse of emerging technologies by promoting common sense, reality, and dependable engineering. Here, he elaborates on those ideas.

What was it like to receive EPIC's Lifetime Achievement Award? It seems like a good fit for someone who takes a big-picture view of systems, privacy, and behavioral and technological failures.


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