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A White Hat Perspective on Cyber Security & Other Internet Issues

  • Oct 16, 2012 · 6:00 PM

We're working with the The Greater Washington Chapter of the Internet Society for this event. Here's the brief they released.

A White Hat Perspective on Cyber Security & Other Internet Issues

The term hacker is often used pejoratively. In reality, a hacker is someone who finds a clever and creative solution to a programming problem. Hacker culture typically advocates free and open source software and community based thinking. Malevolent hackers or “crackers” or “black hats”, are the ones that we need to worry about. Thus, the distinction between white hat and black hat hackers. Recently, many white hat hackers convened in Las Vegas for the annual DefCon, where they learned about the latest in cybersecurity hacking. Two of our panelists were there.

HacDC is a community organization in DC dedicated to the collaborative use of technology. HacDC is part of a global trend in amateur engineering clubs that have come to be known as “hackerspaces.” Centered on physical locations that function as shared workshops, these spaces support “makers” whose work bridges the realms of art and technology and who share a passion for putting old technology to new and creative purposes.

Join us at HacDC for a spirited discussion about Cyber Security and other pressing Internet Issues. Learn more about security from the hacker’s point of view. How do their goals and values affect their perspectives, and how does this impact the Internet?

Discussion Leaders:

Chirag Patel, Senior IT Specialist and Security Analyst at the Supreme Court of the United States.

Stan Pendergrass, Naval Capabilities Analyst for the Deputy Under Secretary of the Navy. Doctoral Candidate in the School of Communications and Information Systems at Robert Morris University.

The Doctor, A member of HacDC and one of the core developers of Project Byzantium, consulting agent of the hacktivist group Telecomix, where he helped instruct dissidents during the Arab Spring, disseminate media recorded by protestors in Syria, investigate network anomalies, and analyze open source intelligence information. He occasionally teaches classes on wireless and operational security, cryptography and personal privacy.

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