Tristan Caulfield, Christos Ioannidis and David Pym


We introduce a model for examining the factors that lead to the adoption of new encryption technologies. Building on the work of Brock and Durlauf, the model describes how agents make choices, in the presence of social interaction, between competing technologies given their relative cost, functionality, and usability. We apply the model to examples about the adoption of encryption in communication (email and messaging) and storage technologies (self-encrypting drives) and also consider our model’s predictions for the evolution of technology adoption over time.

Date: 22 February 2016 Published: Financial Cryptography and Data Security 2016, Twentieth International Conference               Published: Springer Full Text: