2018 Provisional Schedule


Schedule subject to change at any time. Please check back often for updates!

 

Friday, August 31, 2018

 Time Program
10:00 a.m.

Legal Risks of Reporting Security Vulnerabilities

The CFAA and Georgia’s attempted SB 315 aren’t making security research any easier. What are the risks of being accused with civil or criminal offenses for publicly but responsibly reporting vulns? Are bug bounties making things worse?

Kurt Opsahl, Amie Stepanovich, Nathan White, Panelist: TJ Mihill, Ron Daniels, Scott M. Jones (Moderator)

Hilton Room 208-209

11:30 a.m.

Crypto Challenge Kickoff

Crypto Challenge returns for 2018! Can you solve ALL of the puzzles? Rules for the Crypto Challenge will be explained, with perhaps an early hint or two being given. Learn where to get the puzzles and how to submit your answers.

Brian Carlson

Hilton Room 208-209

1:00 p.m.

Women in Science and Tech Careers

A frank conversation on the issues women face in technology and science careers and what we can all do about it.

Elonka Dunin (Moderator), Kim Steadman, Theda M. Daniels-Race, Eternal Zan Bowden, Tracey Wilson

Hilton Room 208-209

2:30 p.m.

Rainbow Tables and the Need for Longer Passwords

Adding capitals, numbers, and symbols to your password is not enough! Thanks to the advent of rainbow tables, password length is now everything. We’ll cover the latest tips for staying secure online.

Matt Blaze, Erica Portnoy (Moderator), Xavier Ashe

Hilton Room 208-209

4:00 p.m.

Cell Phone Privacy Court Cases: Alsaad, Carpenter, and Kolsuz

Several court cases could advance the cause of cell phone privacy and curtail the effects of mass government surveillance, especially with respect to mobile devices.

Blair B. Chintella, Courtney Lytle, Kurt Opsahl (Moderator), Amie Stepanovich, Meredith Rose

Hilton Room 208-209

5:30 p.m.

Mapping the Sci-Fi Feedback Loop: How Our Stories About Tomorrow Impact Us Today

How fictional futures inspire and predict new tech and policy ideas in the present, how sci-fi is being used right now as a foresight tool by companies and governments, and how “cyberpunk” influenced the birth of the digital rights movement, including this track!

Kevin Bankston

Hilton Room 208-209

7:00 p.m.

GDPR: Intended and Unintended Consequences

Europe’s GDPR is ambitious and breathtaking in its scope and scale, and has caused much anxiety as the enforcement deadline approached. What are the consequences of its “sudden” implementation, and is the cause of user privacy really being advanced?

Blair B. Chintella, Kurt Opsahl, Amie Stepanovich, Karl Grindal (Moderator), Xavier Ashe, Jairus Khan

Hilton Room 208-209

8:30 p.m.

Deepfakes and Revenge Porn Update

We’ll cover the problem of “deepfakes”, realistic computer replacements of faces on other peoples’ bodies, and update the latest changes in law regarding revenge porn, the posting of intimate pictures without consent as a form of personal revenge.

Kara J Chappell, TJ Mihill (Moderator), Jairus Khan

Hilton Room 208-209

10:00 p.m.

Impact of SESTA/FOSTA on Responsible Sex-Positive Web Sites

SESTA and FOSTA were promoted politically as a crackdown on sex trafficking, but have become in some ways a new censorship regime. What are the problems being caused for responsible sex-positive web sites where sex trafficking isn’t even an issue?

Meredith Rose (Moderator), Panelist: TJ Mihill, Panelist: Adrianne McDonald

Hilton Room 208-209

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Saturday, September 1, 2018

Time Program
10:00 a.m.

How to Know the Right Business to Start

Thinking about starting a business? You’ve heard the stats – most new companies fail. Lean Startup and Customer Development are methods to help you avoid wasting your time and money on the wrong idea and get to the right one. Learn about the latest research and understanding on these topics.

Andrew Greenberg, David Hansen (Moderator), James Nettles

Hilton Room 208-209

11:30 a.m.

Security Weaknesses in Artificial Intelligence (AI)

AI can be maliciously manipulated using content generation (as is done with deepfakes and fake review synthesis) and adversarial inputs (algorithmically generated; can fool Alexa, Google image search, and autonomous vehicles).

Todd Sundsted

Hilton Room 208-209

1:00 p.m.

Native Mobile Application Development with Flutter & Dart

Flutter is Google’s mobile app SDK for crafting high-quality native interfaces on iOS and Android in record time. Flutter works with existing code, is used by developers and organizations around the world, and is free and open source. This talk will include a live jaw-dropping demo.

Randal L. Schwartz

Hilton Room 208-209

1:00 p.m.

Famous Unsolved Codes

What do all of these have in common? A sculpture in the center of CIA Headquarters. A 500-year-old manuscript hidden in Yale University’s Beinecke library. A 19th century pamphlet describing a buried treasure in Virginia. An encrypted scrawl by composer Edward Elgar.

Elonka Dunin

Hilton Crystal Ballroom

2:30 p.m.

Activism for Kids and Teens

Understanding the basic concepts and processes of democracy is helpful for youth who want to engage in support of a cause.

Amie Stepanovich, K`Tetch (Moderator), Jonathan B McFarland, William C. Nevin, Nash Sheard

Hilton Room 208-209

4:00 p.m.

Restoring Net Neutrality: Regulation, Legislation, or Litigation?

Our current leadership has taken an axe to net neutrality despite a broad bipartisan public outcry. What are the immediate harms, and what can be done to restore some of the basic principles?

Meredith Rose, K`Tetch, Nathan White (Moderator), Panelist: TJ Mihill, Panelist: Nash Sheard

Hilton Room 208-209

5:30 p.m.

Fair Use 101

What is Fair Use as it applies to copyright law, and where is the “bright line” guidebook that spells out exactly what’s fair? Also, what is the Triennial Review process created by the DMCA, and how does this affect Fair Use?

Courtney Lytle, Meredith Rose

Hilton Room 208-209

7:00 p.m.

Mandated Crypto Backdoors: Legal Update

The FBI continues to clamor for “backdoor” access to mobile devices and has overrepresented the problem. Meanwhile, the Secure Data Act would provide protections, but it has a long way to go in Congress.

Kurt Opsahl (Moderator), Amie Stepanovich, Matt Blaze, Nathan White, Kevin Bankston

Hilton Room 208-209

8:30 p.m.

Hacking 101

Hacking 101 returns for another glorious year! Just what is a hacker anyway? Culture, history, contacts, resources, and pointers for more info.

Randal L. Schwartz, Matt Blaze, Erica Portnoy, jonny X (Moderator), Xavier Ashe

Hilton Crystal Ballroom

10:00 p.m.

Ethics in Virtual Reality

As virtual reality continues its rapid growth, ethical considerations deserve a long, hard look. What about user privacy when we can track every movement of the eyes and every hand gesture? Does training with VR have a higher requirement for real-world fidelity? And how do we protect children?

David Maass, Andrew Greenberg (Moderator), Shaun Sheppard, Jesse Jacobson, Stephanie Y. Chergi

Hilton Room 208-209

11:30 p.m.

Love, Sex, and Relationships in the #MeToo Era

The #MeToo movement is vital and long overdue, but for those who really want to do right by each other, perhaps things are a bit more awkward now. What are the rules of engagement now, both online and face-to-face, in our new world order?

James Nettles, Adrianne McDonald

Hilton Room 208-209

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Sunday, September 2, 2018

Time Program
10:00 a.m.

CLOUD Act: CLOUDing the Future of Privacy

What is the CLOUD Act anyway, what are MLAT’s, and how is our privacy being affected? Is there any relationship to Third Party Doctrine or the recent Carpenter Supreme Court decision?

Amie Stepanovich, Nathan White (Moderator), Kara J Chappell, Kevin Bankston, Jairus Khan

Hilton Room 208-209

11:30 a.m.

Copyright 101

How does copyright work? Do you have to register? Can you do it yourself, or do you need a lawyer? What do you do if you discover infringement?

Courtney Lytle

Hilton Room 208-209

1:00 p.m.

Social Media Marketing for Authors and Creators

Tips, tricks, and advice for the novice or seasoned authors and other content creators to navigate Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, etc. We will take a brief look at the various platforms where authors, artists, etc., promote, and examine the common themes for maximizing engagement.

Gail Z. Martin (Moderator), John G. Hartness, Eric R. Asher, Joseph Nassise, Rick Gualtieri, James Nettles

Hilton Room 208-209

2:30 p.m.

ICE & Immigration Surveillance

New surveillance technologies are being used in the current immigration crackdown and may threaten our privacy even for legal citizens.

Blair B. Chintella, David Maass (Moderator), Kara J Chappell, Matthew Conley

Hilton Room 208-209

4:00 p.m.

Free Culture: The Cultural Heritage and Impact of the Open Internet

We will look at how science fiction helped to shape the visions of the future pursued by Open Internet activists. In particular, we will examine how ideas about gender, power, and freedom have been reproduced and adapted throughout the history of the struggle over the Open Internet.

Matthew J. Brown (Moderator), Mika McKinnon, Andy Famiglietti, Pete Rorabaugh

Hilton Room 208-209

5:30 p.m.

Using Encrypted DNS in the Home

Even if your home network is well secured, your DNS requests give away a lot about you, and can leak information from the Tor browser, some VPN’s, and other security-enhancing tools. How do you protect your online activities from this often overlooked threat?

Randal L. Schwartz, Erica Portnoy (Moderator), Panelist: Xavier Ashe

Hilton Room 208-209

7:00 p.m.

Webcomics

A behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to produce a successful web-based comic strip series, given by both new and established webcomic artists.

Bill Holbrook (Moderator), Jennie Breeden, Comfort Love, Adam Withers, Ben Fisher

Hilton Room 208-209

8:30 p.m.

10 Rules for Dealing with Police Encounters

Knowing and asserting your rights along with common sense can greatly improve the outcome of any police encounter. Documentary by flexyourrights.org. A question and answer session will follow the film.

Jonathan B. McFarland, Andrew Greenberg (Moderator), Kara J. Chappell, Matthew Conley, Ron Daniels

Hilton Room 208-209

10:00 p.m.

Hacking 201

Q&A from our panel of experts; play “stump the hacker”! Maybe you’ll win a prize!

Randal L. Schwartz, Matt Blaze, jonny X (Moderator), Nash Sheard, Xavier Ashe

Hilton 208-209
**NOTE This Panel will last at least 4 hours**

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Monday, September 3, 2018

Time Program
10:00 a.m.

Best Practices for Setting Up SSL Certs

These days, everyone should be protecting their web sites with HTTPS/SSL encryption, especially now that Let’s Encrypt makes it free. Proper configuration and testing, however, is very important.

Erica Portnoy

Hilton Room 208-209

11:30 a.m.

Security of Voting Machines

Voting is the cornerstone of our democratic process. New technologies being pushed by numerous vendors have created disturbing questions about the integrity of our election systems.

Randal L. Schwartz, Kurt Opsahl, Matt Blaze, K`Tetch, Matthew Conley

Hilton Room 208-209

1:00 p.m.

AI & Personalized Propaganda on Social Media

In the old days, propaganda pushed the same message to millions. Now with deep data analysis and artificial intelligence, propaganda can be customized, personalized, and automated at mass scale. What are the implications to a free society?

Blair B. Chintella (Moderator), William C. Nevin, Karl Grindal, Jairus Khan

Hilton Room 208-209

2:30 p.m.

Geocaching: The Worldwide Crowd- Sourced Game

In May 2000, President Clinton announced that “Selective Availability” would be removed from the GPS satellites, allowing civilians to have improved accuracy with publicly available receivers. Within 24 hours, a game had begun. The first geocache started in Oregon and was posted to USENET.

Elonka Dunin

Hilton Room 208-209

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