2019 Provisional Schedule


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

 

Friday, August 30, 2019

 Time Program
10:00 a.m.

Effect of Facebook on Democracy

Are political profiling, micro-targeting, and foreign propaganda undermining democracy as we know it? How effective is social media propaganda anyway? And how do we teach our children to safeguard our legacy of democracy that past generations have died to protect?

Amie Stepanovich (Moderator), Tyra A Burton, Dwayne Keith Goetzel, Keith Watson

Hilton Room 208-209

11:30 a.m.

Smart IoT Act/IoT Cybersecurity Act

So-called “Internet of Things” devices are infamous for having poor or non- existent security. Is it time for the government to start legislating security requirements? Has the free market failed to respond or create demand for “security as a feature”?

Kurt Opsahl (Modertor), Erica Portnoy, Nathan White, Xavier Ashe

Hilton Room 208-209

1:00 p.m.

STEM Education for Women & Minorities

There’s a growing effort to promote science, technology, engineering, and math for women and minorities in what have always been male and white dominated fields. What can we do to help, and are we putting too much pressure on girls and children of color to fulfill our own aspirations for them?

Elonka Dunin (Moderator), Dauna L Bartley, Theda M. Daniels-Race, Hayley Tsukayama

Hilton Room 208-209

2:30 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 (Moderator), Dwayne Keith Goetzel, Dauna L Bartley

Hilton Room 208-209

4:00 p.m.

California Consumer Privacy Act: A Model for the Whole USA?

The CCPA becomes effective on January 1, 2020. What does it do, and how will it affect privacy rights in other states outside of California? Is this a good model for the whole country?

Erica Portnoy, Ron Daniels, Hayley Tsukayama (Moderator)

Hilton Room 208-209

5:30 p.m.

Internet Down Under: Australia’s Mandated Backdoors & Other Bad Policy

Australia’s push to require backdoors in all mobile devices is just the beginning of a nightmarish scenario for civil rights and civil liberties in that country. What is really going on down under, and has Australia given up on basic principles of democracy?

Kurt Opsahl, Amie Stepanovich, K`Tetch (Moderator)

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.

My Cosplay Got Me Hacked

Depending on the sophistication of the costume, cosplayers may be some of the easiest for a hacker to attack. As we add more automated and smart systems to our creations, lives, and homes, we run higher risks of opening the doors to criminals who want to steal our identities or other information.

Jason Gillam, Kevin Johnson, Eric Kuehn (Moderator), Mic Whitehorn-Gillam

Hilton Room 208-209

10:00 p.m.

SESTA/FOSTA & Sex Work: Canaries in the Coal Mine

SESTA/FOSTA was passed in the U.S.A. and was supposed to combat sex trafficking. Is it meeting its goals, and what collateral damage is being done? To answer this, we compare its effect on sex trafficking (human slavery) versus consensual sex work, broadly defined.

Meredith Rose (Moderator), Jonathan B McFarland, Natalie Zina Walschots, Jinx Lierre, TJ Mihill

Hilton Room 208-209

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Saturday, August 31, 2019

Time Program
10:00 a.m.

Bias in Facial Recognition

Facial recognition is becoming ubiquitous in commercial, government, and law enforcement applications, but is well known to identify women and minorities less accurately. Why is this, and what are the risks to individual liberty from mis-identification?

Erica Portnoy, Jairus Khan (Moderator), Hayley Tsukayama

Hilton Room 208-209

11:30 a.m.

So You Want to Work in Public Policy…

People don’t go into public policy because they want to be billionaires; they go into public policy because they care and want to make a difference. How does one get started making contributions in this area, and can it really be turned into a financially sustaining career path?

Andrew Greenberg (Moderator), Amie Stepanovich, Meredith Rose, Erica Portnoy, Karl Grindal, Nathan White

Hilton Room 208-209

1:00 p.m.

Free as in Speech: The Limits of Politics, Privacy, & Propaganda

This panel will examine contested and politicized definitions of free speech and privacy in specific online contexts, investigating the overlap between conservative and progressive definitions of free speech and analyzing methodology and rationale with a specific case study.

Matthew J. Brown (Moderator), Dr. Rebecca Hill, Dr. Pete Rorabaugh

Hilton Room 208-209

2:30 p.m.

Famous Unsolved Codes: New Information About Kryptos at the CIA

Well-known cryptographer/author Elonka Dunin shares this year’s CNN documentary about the encrypted sculpture/puzzle Kryptos, along with the answers to the first three parts of the puzzle, and new photos and speculations about the famous unsolved section, K4.

Elonka Dunin

Hilton Crystal Ballroom

2:30 p.m.

Developing Mobile/Web/Desktop Applications with Flutter

See how Flutter using the Dart language permits easy development and deployment across multiple platforms. Our speaker will build an app from scratch, and demonstrate it on mobile, desktop, and web platforms.

Randal L. Schwartz

Hilton Room 208-209

4:00 p.m.

Sending Secret Messages: Codes & Ciphers for Kids & Adults

Some messages are for everyone — like this one, and some are not. While it’s getting harder to send a private message, you can come to this session and learn how to create and use simple codes and ciphers to help keep your discussions private. (OK for families)

Burk Hufnagel (Moderator), Chris Godbey, Joss Hufnagel

Hilton Room 208-209

5:30 p.m.

Indictment of Julian Assange & the First Amendment

Regardless of what you think about Julian Assange, his indictment by the U.S. for his work on Wikileaks has implications for the future of journalism and the First Amendment that we must not ignore.

K`Tetch, Kara J Chappell, Jairus Khan, TJ Mihill (Moderator)

Hilton Room 208-209

7:00 p.m.

Reddit & Fandom: We’re All Fans Here

Reddit has evolved into being a second screen for fans across movies, games, and TV. Whether it’s an in-depth theatrical analysis of the latest episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race, or the latest Reddit-carrot on Mr. Robot, Reddit communities are in the middle of the action.

Lisa Liebig, Chris Slowe (Moderator), Christine Moellenberndt

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, Dustin Smith (Moderator), Eric Kuehn, Jason Gillam, Xavier Ashe, Ray Kelly

Hilton 208-209

10:00 p.m.

#TooSexyForTumblr & Other AI Problems

Tumblr’s artificial intelligence filter is blocking lots of false positives and removing beneficial content. What’s missing is the balance that human judgment brings. Is this a sign of things to come across all social media platforms, or all Internet content in general?

Kurt Opsahl, Erica Portnoy, Jairus Khan (Moderator), James Nettles, Natalie Zina Walschots, N. Maxwell Lander

Hilton Room 208-209

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Sunday, September 1, 2019

Time Program
10:00 a.m.

Right to be Forgotten in the USA

A simple Google search can pull up damaging information on any individual from decades ago, long after any societal debt has been paid. Should there be a right to be forgotten as a basic human right as EU courts claim, and what about people’s right to know especially for public figures?

Kurt Opsahl, Amie Stepanovich (Moderator), Dwayne Keith Goetzel, TJ Mihill

Hilton Room 208-209

11:30 a.m.

Techlash: Anti- Technology Backlash

As we focus more on the harms of pervasive technology in society, a lot of attention and blame has been placed worldwide on the largest tech companies in the U.S.A. Do these companies deserve the rap they are getting, and will breaking them up into smaller companies do anything to help?

Andrew Greenberg, Amie Stepanovich, Meredith Rose, Jairus Khan, Karl Grindal (Moderator)

Hilton Room 208-209

1:00 p.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

2:30 p.m.

Resisting Demands to Search Your Phone While Traveling

What happens if the TSA or CBP demands a password to your device, or biometric login, while you are traveling? Is it legal to refuse, and can you proceed to your destination without having your devices taken from you? What about your Fourth Amendment rights; do you have any while traveling?

Randal L. Schwartz, Kurt Opsahl, Kara J Chappell, Hayley Tsukayama (Moderator)

Hilton Room 208-209

4:00 p.m.

Hacking Mobile Applications

One of today’s hottest targets for hackers is mobile apps. Hackers are exploiting mistakes made by app developers. In this discussion, you will see attack vectors for mobile apps and see real examples of vulnerable applications and how they were exploited.

Ray Kelly

Hilton Room 208-209

5:30 p.m.

Social Media Marketing for Authors & 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, Tyra A Burton, James Nettles, Troy Fason

Hilton Room 208-209

7:00 p.m.

Double Feature: Dinkheller & 10 Rules for Dealing with Police Encounters

We will look at police encounters from two different points of view, from that of the officer (Dinkheller), and from that of the person being stopped (10 Rules). A 360-degree view provides the best perspective for surviving a police encounter in today’s America. Panel discussion will follow.

Andrew Greenberg (Moderator), Jonathan B McFarland, Kara J Chappell, Patrick Shaver

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, Dustin Smith (Moderator), Kevin Johnson, Mic Whitehorn-Gillam, Xavier Ashe, Ray Kelly

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

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Monday, September 2, 2019

Time Program
10:00 a.m.

Spread of Low Credibility Content by Bots

A recent academic study explored the spread of low credibility content by bots, and the risks to modern democracy. We discuss the study and the possibility and legality of regulating bots to safeguard our democracy and society.

Jairus Khan, Karl Grindal (Moderator), Keith Watson

Hilton Room 208-209

11:30 a.m.

EU Copyright Articles 13/15/17: What it Means in the USA

The European Union passed directives over stringent opposition requiring nearly all Internet publishers to filter content for copyright violations using automated filters. What are the risks, given that filters often fail or over- censor? Also, how will those outside of Europe be affected?

Courtney Lytle, Kurt Opsahl (Moderator), K`Tetch, James Nettles, TJ Mihill

Hilton Room 208-209

1:00 p.m.

Georgia’s New Voting System: Thumb on the Scale?

Georgia is moving rapidly to upgrade its voting systems, while the purchase process has been plagued by claims of security problems in the new generation of technology, and vendor favoritism. What are the risks to the integrity of our vote and our democracy?

Hayley Tsukayama, Keith Watson, TJ Mihill (Moderator)

Hilton Room 208-209

2:30 p.m.

Agile Development, With and Without a Government Shutdown

If you’re trying to run an Agile development project with the government, but the government suddenly shuts down for 6 weeks, what do you? Come learn about Agile, Scaled Agile, and the fun ways to handle it in unusual situations like this.

Elonka Dunin

Hilton Room 208-209

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