Cyber Risk Wednesday: Software Liability—Worst Possible Idea Except for All Others?

A conversation with:

Eli Dourado
Director, Technology Policy Program, Mercatus Center
George Mason University

Wendy Knox Everette
Legal Fellow
ZwillGen PLLC

John J. Soughan
Business Lead, Cyber Insurance
Zurich North America

Sasha Romanosky
Policy Researcher
RAND Corporation

Introduced by:

Bruce Schneier (via skype)
Security Technologist
Schneier on Security

Moderated by:

Joshua Corman
Director, Cyber Statecraft Initiative, Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security
Atlantic Council


Please join the Atlantic Council’s Cyber Statecraft Initiative on Wednesday, November 30 from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. for a multi-disciplinary discussion on software liability with experts from the fields of law, economics, insurance, and cybersecurity. 

If your car crashes from a manufacturing defect, the car maker may be liable for damages. The same is not true if a software defect causes your computer to crash. But what happens if your car crashes from a software defect? Legal and policy decisions have sought to foster the economic benefits of innovation in the software industry, while risking economic costs from buggy or insecure products. Would software liability increase the safety of our connected devices? Or would it simply act as deadweight for an industry that thrives on its ability to innovate? Now that the consequences of cybersecurity failures include public safety and human life, it is time to reexamine these tradeoffs.

Join us for a lively discussion that goes well beyond the old arguments. We will examine the current state of affairs, opposing perspectives, and alternatives to software liability. A reception will follow the event.

On Twitter? Follow @ACScowcroft and use #ACCyber to join the conversation!

Atlantic Council
1030 15th Street NW, 12th Floor (West Tower Elevator) 
Washington, DC 

This event is open to press and on the record. 

Metro and parking info