With a generous starting grant from the Hewlett Foundation, the CLTC was established in 2015 as a research and collaboration hub at the University of California, Berkeley. Housed in the School of Information (I School), the Center will create an effective dialogue among industry, academia, policy, and practitioners, with an aim to foster research programs, technologies, and recommendations. CLTC’s work is founded on a future-oriented conceptualization of cybersecurity—what it could imply and mean for human beings, machines, and the societies that will depend on both.
Cybersecurity is quickly becoming the master problem of the Internet era. Digital technologies connected by the Internet have the potential to extend revolutionary contributions to human life and support the generation of new ideas, politics, relationships, and businesses, but only if they can be made secure. To get there will require a broad set of changes, where the intersections between humans and machines are more creatively and deeply imagined, more proactively defined, and in turn, more effectively researched and managed.
The CLTC’s mission is to develop a deeper and broader understanding of information technology security. We conduct and support rigorous research into the socio-economic, technology, and policy issues that will bear on security wherever humans and digital machines interact. This requires us to take a long-term look into the future of these interactions and to design a platform for studies, plans, recommendations, and actions that our community of researchers and practitioners will undertake.
In our first year, we convened a series of events in which research and academic colleagues from diverse disciplines—including computer science, engineering, law, public policy, social sciences, humanities, business, and other domains—helped us define the contours and substance of several different possible future scenarios for cybersecurity by examining the intersection of digital machines, the Internet, and human societies. We refined these scenarios through summits with external constituents in the business, non-profit, and public policy spheres.
These cybersecurity scenarios are informing the CLTC’s research framework, and provide a carefully directed approach to enabling and pursuing investigations that will contribute to better understanding of important emergent cybersecurity problems and solutions. The goal is to describe and help bring about a more secure cyber environment that enables and expands (rather than limits) what humans and machines can achieve together.