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Roger Clarke's 'AI and Cybersecurity SINS'

How is Society to Risk-Manage the Threats
Inherent in Applications of AI to Cybersecurity?

For the Closing Session of AI in Cybersecurity: Socio-Technical & Environmental Considerations
(14th Workshop on the Social Implications of National Security – SINS21)

Version of 12 February 2021

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Such promises as AI offers to Cybersecurity are undermined by its threats.

Do we yet have an adequate grasp of AI's fit to human needs?

Has society achieved a mature understanding of the nature of security in general, and of national security and cybersecurity in particular?

Can we structure a (co-)regulatory regime that will manage AI's risks and deliver its potential value?

Some proposals will be offered, for participants to articulate, to question and to rebut.

Reference List

Clarke R. (2013) 'Whose Security? The Politics of Alternative Scope Definitions' Presentation to the Oxford Cyber Security Centre, Xamax Consultancy Pty Ltd, 30 January 2013, at

Clarke R. (2019) 'Why the World Wants Controls over Artificial Intelligence' Computer Law & Security Review 35, 4 (Jul-Aug 2019) 423-433, at, PrePrint at

Clarke R. (2019) 'Principles and Business Processes for Responsible AI' Computer Law & Security Review 35, 4 (Jul-Aug 2019) 410-422, at, PrePrint at

Clarke R. (2019) 'Regulatory Alternatives for AI' Computer Law & Security Review 35, 4 (Jul-Aug 2019) 398-409, at, PrePrint at

Author Affiliations

Roger Clarke is Principal of Xamax Consultancy Pty Ltd, Canberra. He is also a Visiting Professor associated with the Allens Hub for Technology, Law and Innovation in UNSW Law, and a Visiting Professor in the Research School of Computer Science at the Australian National University.

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