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ISTS appoints new research fellows

This fall, Dartmouth's Institute for Security Technology Studies (ISTS) appointed three new fellows who are working for the next year on a variety of projects.

"Through the ISTS Fellows program we are able to increase the community of scholars and leaders involved in security technology research, and thus to broaden our nation's capacity to confront the security technology challenges of the future," said David Kotz, Executive Director of ISTS and Professor of Computer Science. "This research addresses fundamental problems that will become critical challenges in tomorrow's world where technology is ubiquitous in the critical infrastructure of everyday life-at home, in the enterprise and in government."

All fellows will be working on projects that fall under an initiative named T4T, or Technology for Trust.

Laura Kopczak will focus on understanding and creating trust in business relationships via technology. Through EnTISE, which stands for Enhancing Trust Through Information Sharing in the Extended Enterprise, she will work with researchers from the Department of Computer Science, the Department of Sociology and the Center for Digital Strategies at the Tuck school. Kopczak is a former Director of Research for the Stanford Global Supply Chain Management Forum. She specializes in supply chain restructuring, the role of non-product companies in the supply chain, and the interplay between e-commerce and supply chain management.

Apu Kapadia is working on a project called Digital Living: Understanding PLACE, Privacy in Location-Aware Computing Environments, and he is also working in Dartmouth's Public Key Infrastructure/Trust Laboratory. He recently earned his Ph.D. at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne. Kapadia's research interests include security and privacy for heterogeneous systems, and the use of formal methods to reason about related problems. His work on the PLACE project delves into the sociological underpinnings and technological foundation of privacy and trust in digital living. His work in the PKI/Trust Lab examines integrating PKI with the richness of high-assurance operating systems and trusted computing hardware.

James Kitts' work at ISTS will be dedicated to Understanding the Role of Interpersonal and Institutional Trust in Internet Exchange. This project uses experimental methods to examine how different types of information about a Web site's security (e.g., reputation, technological, institutional) influence user behavior in online exchanges, including users' willingness to pay for security information. Kitts, who is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Washington, will participate in the project from January through June 2006. He specializes in formal modeling and analysis of group interaction, social networks and social exchange systems, including online exchange.

By SUSAN KNAPP



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