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New mission and new director for a new ISTS: Institute for Security, Technology, and Society

Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Posted 09/19/08 • Media Contact: Susan Knapp • (603) 646-3661 

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Martin Wybourne, the vice provost for research at Dartmouth, has named Denise Anthony, associate professor and chair of sociology, the new research director of Dartmouth's Institute for Security, Technology, and Society (ISTS), formerly the Institute for Security Technology Studies. With this change in leadership, ISTS will continue its focus on cyber security and trust, but will broaden its scope to consider the role of information technology in society, particularly its impact on privacy and security broadly conceived.

Martin Weybourne and Denise Anthony
Martin Wybourne, left, has appointed Denise Anthony as research director at ISTS. (photo by Joseph Mehling '69)

"I very much look forward to working with Denise and the ISTS faculty as they address complex issues that require a combination of technical and social science expertise, such as privacy and trust," said Wybourne. "I anticipate the broader scope of ISTS will attract new faculty and student interest to the many challenging questions presently facing information technology."

Anthony, at Dartmouth since 1999, has been affiliated with ISTS since 2002. Her research focuses on how social dynamics affect communication, cooperation, and security in the use of information technologies.  As an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Community and Family Medicine at Dartmouth Medical School, Anthony also will bring added expertise in the health care arena, where ISTS is engaged in several new projects considering the implications of information security in medical environments.

"I see my role as threefold," said Anthony. "To build on the strong foundation of interdisciplinary work at ISTS by increasing connections to the social sciences and humanities; to increase awareness of ISTS within the Dartmouth community; and finally to advance the understanding of how IT security and privacy relates to socio-economic forces, cultural values and political influences."

Anthony takes over at ISTS following three years of leadership under Professor of Computer Science David Kotz. Regarding Anthony's appointment Kotz said, "I am thrilled to have Denise leading ISTS.  She brings a deep understanding of the nature of trust, a track record of interdisciplinary research, and an exciting vision for the future of ISTS."

For more information about ISTS, visit the Institute's redesigned website.

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