Cover: Privacy and Security Policy Choices in a National Information Infrastructure Environment

Privacy and Security Policy Choices in a National Information Infrastructure Environment

Published 1996

by Willis H. Ware


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The United States is actively promoting a concept nicknamed the National Information Infrastructure (NII). While the NU does not yet have an overall design and many conceptual details have yet to be resolved, it approximates what Singapore indicates that it is implementing except on a vastly larger scale. If one imagines that all the information and entertainment services that exist throughout U.S. society and its institutions were to be coalesced into one overall entity, the result would equate to what the NII is intended to be. Other countries, including Australia, undoubtedly are also planning such a "national-level information entity"; but for expedience in this discussion, the acronym NII will be used because it is widely known and generally understood both as a specific undertaking in the United States and as a categoric term for similar actions elsewhere.

This paper will discuss the author's views about the probable architecture of a particular segment of the NII, and the policies for security and privacy that are likely to be required. The segment in question is that which deals with computer-based services and data.

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