Trust Online Panel 1

Enforcing and Enabling Trust

Technical and Regulatory Issues
64 minutes, 29.5mb, recorded 2007-10-02
Lise Buyer, Dr. James Ransome, Mozelle W. Thompson, and Scott Charney

What is trust? In this age of the Internet, what can be done to make it safe for everyone? Or is that even possible? Often to understand complex challenges you have to start with the basics. And for hot button topics like Internet privacy, security, and safety, it is probably best to establish a common framework to be able to address some of the more complex issues.

In this panel discussion from the 2007 Trust Online Conference from Santa Clara University Center for Science, Technology, and Society Lise Buyer moderates an informative discussion of trust. With panelists representing government, software, and networking, Buyer explores the technical and regulatory elements necessary to enable and enforce trust in the global Internet marketplace.

Panelists Scott Charney, Mozelle Thompson, and Dr. James Ransome provide answers to some of the fundamental questions and draw from their diverse backgrounds to provide clear guidance. Touching on the three main pieces of real trust (technology, process, and people), the panel identifies the weakest piece and advises on how to strengthen the balance necessary to achieve real trust. In the end, all of the panelists agree on the main activity that is lacking. The activity that will help implement the best business and legal practices and improve integrity over the Web-based marketplace.


Lise Buyer is the founding Principal of the Class V Group, an organization providing public market strategy and logistical guidance to public companies and those contemplating initial public offerings. Prior to Class V, she was the Vice President of Strategic Partnerships for Tellme Networks and Director of Business Optimization for Google Inc. where she was one of the chief architects of the company’s innovative IPO.

Scott Charney is the Corporate Vice President overseeing Trustworthy Computing initiative at Microsoft Corp., which aims to promote a safe, private and reliable computing experience for everyone. Previously, Charney served as chief of the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section (CCIPS) in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. He co-authored the original Federal Guidelines for Searching and Seizing Computers, the Federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, the Federal Computer Crime Sentencing Guidelines, and the Criminal Division’s policy on appropriate computer use and workplace monitoring.

Mozelle W. Thompson is the founder of Thompson Strategic Consulting where he provides strategic policy and business advice to corporations like Facebook, Inc.. Previously he served as a Commissioner on the Federal Trade Commission from December 17, 1997 until August 31, 2004. During his tenure at the FTC, Commissioner Thompson had notable leadership roles in the areas of international consumer protection; high technology; media and communications; online privacy and financial services; intellectual property and competition; and newly deregulated industries, such as energy.

Dr. James Ransome is the Senior Director, Security Solutions Engineering with the Corporate Security Programs Office at Cisco Systems, Inc. Dr. Ransome's career is marked by leadership positions in both the private and public industries, having served in three Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) and two Chief Security Officer (CSO) positions. Prior to his private career, Dr. Ransome worked for Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS), and 23 years combined active and reserve service for the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Marine Corps. Ransome holds a Ph.D. in Information Systems specializing in Information Security and is the author of four published books on security.

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