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Speakers & Moderators

Dead Addict has been active in the computer security world for over 20 years, and has been actively improving the usability of software for the last 20.  He lectured on computer security usability at the University of Texas over a decade ago, and has spoken on the intersection between security and usability at multiple security conferences.  As a founder of DEFCON, he has spent the last nine years as a leader of its press relations team, engaging with prominent news organizations as well as intrepid security bloggers.  He holds no formal credentials.

Marius Bosch is Reuters News¹ deputy general manager for the Middle East and Africa, responsible for Editorial operations in Africa and for information security globally. He has worked as a journalist for Reuters in Africa, Germany and the UK and covered conflict in South Africa and Angola. Marius has a particular interest in cyberwarfare and the use of technology in journalism.

Dr. Kelly Caine is assistant professor in the Human Centered Computing Division of the School of Computing at Clemson University. Her research interests include human factors, usable security and privacy, the psychology of privacy, human computer interaction, health informatics and designing for special populations. Dr. Caine received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of South Carolina and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Engineering Psychology from the Georgia Institute of Technology.  

Dr. Caine is a member of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, ACM SIGCHI (computer human interaction), the American Psychological Association and the Institute for Information Infrastructure Protection. She has been awarded grants from NIH and NSF to conduct research on privacy enhancing technologies, has received a Georgia Tech Presidential Fellowship, a fellowship in Information Technology and International Development, and was chosen by the GVU at Georgia Tech as the Foley Scholar award winner in 2008.  

Bryan Choi (Moderator) is a Postdoctoral Associate in Law, Thomson Reuters Fellow and Director of the Law and Media Program at the Information Society Project at Yale Law School. His research interests include anonymity, digital identity, privacy, and reputation, particularly as they relate to the internet. Other research interests include patents, copyright, and trademark. He received his B.A. in Computer Science from Harvard College and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. He worked as an associate with the firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP, in Washington, D.C., followed by clerkships with the Hon. Leonard I. Garth of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the Hon. William C. Bryson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Bryan Ford leads the Decentralized/Distributed Systems (DeDiS) group at Yale University, where his research touches on many areas including private, anonymous, and censorship-resistant communication, Internet architecture, and secure operating systems.  He has received the Jay Lepreau Best Paper Award for his recent systems work, and multiple grants from NSF, DARPA, and ONR, including the NSF CAREER award.  His pedagogical achievements include PIOS, the first operating system course leading students through development of a working multicore OS kernel.  Prof. Ford earned his B.S. at the University of Utah and his Ph.D. at MIT, while researching topics including ubiquitous computing, virtualization, microkernel architectures, and programming languages.    

Brian Krebs is the author of krebsonsecurity.com, a daily blog dedicated to in-depth cyber security news and investigation. Most recently, Mr. Krebs was a reporter for The Washington Post, where he covered Internet security, cyber crime and privacy issues for the newspaper and the website.  

Krebs got his start in journalism at The Post in 1995, and has been writing about computer security, privacy and cyber crime for more than a decade. His stories and investigations also have appeared in Popular Mechanics, MIT Technology Review, CSOonline and Wired.com.  

Quinn Norton is a writer who likes to hang out in the dead end alleys and rough neighborhood of the Internet, where bad things can happen to defenseless little packets. They are also places were new freedoms and poetries are born, and run riot over the network. She started studying hackers in 1995, after a wasted youth of Usenet and BBSing. These days, Quinn is a journalist, has been published in Wired, The Atlantic, The Guardian, Make Magazine, Seed, and Irish Times. She recently concluded a multi-month series on Anonymous and Occupy for Wired. She's also the Byte Rights columnist for Maximum PC. She covers topics such as science, technology, copyright law, robotics, body modification, and medicine, but no matter how many times she tries to leave, she always comes back to hackers.

Meredith L. Patterson is a technologist, science fiction author, and journalist. She is also a blogger and software developer, and a leading figure in the biopunk movement. Patterson is known for her work in computational linguistics and its applications to computer security, as well as for work in the area of data mining and databases. In 2005, she presented the first parse tree validation technique for stopping SQL injection attacks at the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas. In 2009, Dan Kaminsky presented joint work with Patterson and Len Sassaman, revealing pervasive flaws in the Internet's certificate authority infrastructure. Their work revealed that existing web browsers could be fooled into accepting fraudulent X.509 certificates.  

Patterson has worked for Mu Security (now Mu Dynamics), the Berkeley Phylogenomics Group, Red Lambda, and currently Nuance Communications.

John Scott-Railton  is a PhD student in Urban Planning at UCLA. Over the past 2 years he has worked extensively to support the free and secure flow of information from Egypt, Libya and Syria.  He co-developed the highly collaborative citizen-journalist Voices Projects (@jan25voices and @feb17voices), and is conducting research in collaboration with the Citizen Lab (University of Toronto) on electronic attacks against opposition groups and the media in Libya and Syria.  He currently works with Syrian partner groups to support secure communications, and track electronic attacks against the Syrian opposition.  His dissertation work focuses on the human security implications of climate change adaptation failures, focusing on West Africa.

Geanne Rosenberg is a faculty associate at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University and a professor at Baruch College and at City University of New York’s Graduate School of Journalism. Her areas of expertise include: 1. Media law and empowering those engaged in public interest journalism with media law education and resources; 2. News literacy and information quality education to help teenagers and adults become more discerning consumers of and contributors to news information. A journalist and attorney, Geanne directs the Harnisch Collaborative Future of Journalism Projects and is the principal investigator of McCormick Foundation, Carnegie Corporation, and David and Katherine Moore Family Foundation-funded journalism projects relating to media law, journalism education, citizen journalism and news literacy. She was founding chair of Baruch’s Department of Journalism and the Writing Professions. Geanne has written for The New York Times, the National Law Journal, Columbia Journalism Review, Nieman Journalism Lab and many other news outlets, including business and local, community-oriented news outlets. She authored and produced Knight Citizen News Network’s Top Ten Rules for Limiting Legal Risk and the Citizen Journalist’s Guide to Open Government and co-authored two Poynter Institute News University media law modules, including Online Media Law: The Basics for Bloggers and Other Online Publishers and newly released Newsgathering Law & Liability: A Guide for Reporting.

Eleanor Saitta is a hacker, designer, artist, writer, and barbarian.  She makes a living and a vocation of understanding how complex systems operate and redesigning them to work, or at least fail, better. Her work is transdisciplinary, using everything from electronics, software, and paint to social rules and words as media with which to explore and shape our interactions with the world. Her focuses include the seamless integration of technology into the lived experience, the humanity of objects and the built environment, and systemic resilience and conviviality.  

Eleanor is Principal Security Engineer at the Open Internet Tools Project (OpenITP), directing the OpenITP Peer Review Board for open source software and working on adversary modeling. She is also Technical Director at the International Modern Media Institute (IMMI), a member of the advisory board at Geeks Without Bounds (GWoB), and works on occasion as a Senior Security Associate with Stach & Liu. She is a founder of the Constitutional Analysis Support Team (CAST), previously co-founded the Seattle-based Public N3rd Area hacker space, and works on the Trike and Briar projects.

Frank Smyth is the Founder and Executive Director of Global Journalist Security, a new consulting and training firm dedicating to bringing integrated physical, digital and emotional self-care awareness and training to journalists and human rights activists operating in repressive environments. He is also the Senior Advisor for Journalist Security at the nonprofit Committee to Protect Journalists and the lead author of CPJ's Journalist Security Guide released this year and translated into English, Spanish, French and Arabic. Smyth has reported from nations including El Salvador, Guatemala, Colombia, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Sudan, Jordan and Iraq, where, in 1991, he was imprisoned for 18 days. He has also investigated arms trafficking for Human Rights Watch, and is the author of the HRW report, Arming Rwanda, released on the eve of the nation's 1994 genocide. More recently, Smyth wrote Painting the Maya Red: Military Doctrine and Speech in Guatemala's Genocidal Acts, a study for the U.S. Memorial Holocaust Museum. He is also co-author of Dialogue and Armed Conflict: Negotiating the Civil War in El Salvador, and a contributor to Crimes of War: What the Public Should Know and The Iraq War Reader. His clips are posted at www.franksmyth.com.

Cole Stryker is a writer and media strategist based in New York City. He is the author of Epic Win for Anonymous, the first book to tell the story of the Internet's memetic playground called 4chan and the hacktivist group Anonymous, from which it spawned.  He also authored Hacking the Future, a broader history of anonymity as a social construct that dissects how identity brokers like Facebook and Google control and monetize your identity, and explains how recent manifestations of anonymous activism and free speech are raging against these systems of control. Stryker's writing has appeared in The Daily Beast, Salon, Vice, Boing Boing, The NY Observer, The Huffington Post, Storyboard, Rhizome, Slacktory, Nerve, Popmatters and elsewhere.

Nabiha Syed (Moderator) is a media lawyer, writer, and freedom of information activist. Her research interests include transparency, surveillance, drone technology, and the interplay between national security and civil liberties.  Recently, she completed a term as First Amendment Fellow at The New York Times. She holds a JD from Yale Law School and an M.St in Comparative Media Law from Oxford University, which she attended as a Marshall Scholar.

Rebecca Wexler (Moderator) is an independent documentary filmmaker, Visiting Fellow at the Information Society Project, and co-founder of the Yale Visual Law Project, an initiative to teach documentary film production to law students.  She recently returned from serving as a Fulbright Research and Lecturing Scholar in Sri Lanka, where she worked with the Tulana Media Unit to conduct workshops in media production and critical media literacy for rural youth from the former conflict zones.  Rebecca completed her B.A. in History of Science and Women's Studies at Harvard College, and her M.Phil in History and Philosophy of Science and Technology at Cambridge University, where she studied as a Gates-Cambridge Fellow.