Colloquium Series

The Institute for Security, Technology and Society (ISTS) invites experts from around the world to present public lectures on topics related to cybersecurity, cyber trust and privacy, as well as on the analysis of the economic and public policy impact of cyber and infrastructure vulnerabilities.

About the Series

The talks promote understanding, collaboration and dissemination of knowledge among researchers, and expose the larger community to the issues, challenges and solutions being examined and tested.

While speakers are at ISTS and on campus, every effort will be made to create opportunities for interested students, faculty, and researchers to meet and/or converse with invited guests regarding their areas of expertise. Additional plans include the possibility of adding panel discussions, roundtables, or point-counterpoint sessions to the speaker series format.

Upcoming Events

Contact Tracing – Cybersecurity and Privacy Implications
Colloquium June 3, 2020 12:00 PM EDT via Zoom Webinar

The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the need for "contact tracing", an effort to retroactively discover and inform all the persons who had recent contact with an infected person. Traditional methods are labor-intensive and inherently limited by human memory. Many propose to use smartphone apps to proactively record contacts, for retrospective notifications to those who may have been proximate to someone later discovered to be infected. There are, however, inherent privacy risks posed by such technologies, and the same technologies could be abused for purposes other than public health — e.g., to identify those participating in protests or to facilitate stalking. It is thus essential for contact-tracing technologies to be designed and deployed with the utmost care and transparency.

Dartmouth's Institute for Security, Technology, and Society (ISTS) invites you to join leading privacy and digital contact-tracing specialists in a virtual panel discussion of the privacy risks and policy options surrounding the development and deployment of contact-tracing applications. This session will be open to interactive participation by affiliated ISTS faculty and students and recorded for later posting on the ISTS website. For more information click here.


Past Lectures


  • Professor Julian Williams of Durham University Julian Williams, Durham University
  • Video (coming soon): The Work-Averse Cyber Attacker Model: Theory and Evidence From Two Million Attack Signatures

May 30

  • David Pym, Professor of Information, Logic, and Security at UCL and head of the Programming Principles, Logic, and Verification group
  • Video:  A Logic for the Compliance Budget

February 14

February 6



    Past Lectures

    October 23

    September 27

    June 22

    • William Regli, Director of the Institute for Systems Research at the Clark School of Engineering; Professor of Computer Science at the University of Maryland at College Park
    • Video: A New Type of Thinking

    June 7

    May 21

    January 12

    • John Stewart, Sr. Technical Leader, Cyber Security, EPRI
    • Lecture: Securing Grid Control Systems


    Past Lectures

    December 5

    • Elizabeth Bowman, U.S. Army Research Laboratory
    • Lecture: Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Information: Army Social Computing Research

    November 28

    • Fabio Pierazzi, Royal Holloway University of London
    • Lecture: Network Security Analytics for Detection of Advanced Cyberattacks

    November 14

    • V.S. Subrahmanian, Dartmouth Distinguished Professor in Cybersecurity, Technology, and Society
    • Video: Bots, Socks, and Vandals

    November 8

    October 31

    May 11

    May 4

    May 2

    April 27

    April 6

    • Oleksii Yasynsk, Head of Research for Information Security Partners (ISSP) in Ukraine; Roman Sologub, General Manager IISP Ukraine; Oleg Derevianko, Chairman, ISSP Group; and Oleksii Baranovskiy, Dean of Kyiv Cyber Academy
    • Video: A Nation Under Attack: Advanced Cyber-Attacks in Ukraine

    February 21

    • Professor Sean Smith, Director of the ISTS and Bill Nisen, Associate Director
    • "The Internet of Risky Things"