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Eleventh International Symposium on Human Aspects of Information Security & Assurance (HAISA 2017)
Title: Why Open Government is good for cybersecurity and public trust - now would be a good time to start
Author(s): Chris Culnane, Vanessa Teague
Keywords: Cybersecurity, public policy, e-voting, encryption, privacy, Information security culture, Awareness and education methods, Enhancing risk perception,
Abstract: We examine Australian cybersecurity public policy through four case studies of electronic systems with critical security and privacy requirements. Our first case studies are open data and electronic voting and counting. We then compare Australian and British approaches to communication interception. We explain why ambiguity and vagueness can prevent a genuine public discussion of a controversial issue, resulting in an outcome that nobody wanted. We highlight Australian examples of rules or proposals that inhibit the transparent disclosure of mistakes and thus prevent open fact-based public discussion. We find a need for greater transparency about how systems work and what problems have occurred, to make systems more secure and engender public trust.
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