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Written by Scott M. Jones   
Wednesday, 30 November 2016 13:09

Friday, September 2, 2016



10:00 a.m.

Government Surveillance in Early American History

Some say the Founding Fathers are rolling in their graves over surveillance programs revealed by Edward Snowden, but others say that if George Washington were alive he would be reading our emails. We’ll travel through time to the colonial post and Victorian New York City in search of the truth.

Tom Cross

Hilton Room 208-209, Attendance: 129

Audio files: GovtSurveillanceEarlyAmerHistory.mp3 [MP3 Audio - 139.3 MB] | GovtSurveillanceEarlyAmerHistory.ogg [OGG - 43.21 MB]

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11:30 a.m.

Activism 101 and State Level Activism

How do you change the world when there are such an overwhelming number of problems today? Does activism mean having to get arrested or does it require civil disobedience? We’ll explore the tenets of our democracy and ways to work within the system to make the world a better place.

Andrew Greenberg, David Maass, Amie Stepanovich, Hayden Barnes

Hilton Room 208-209, Attendance: 94

Audio files: Activism101StateLevelActivism.mp3 [MP3 Audio - 130.58 MB] | Activism101StateLevelActivism.ogg [OGG - 39.17 MB]

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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, Amie Stepanovich, Mika McKinnon, Theda M. Daniels-Race, Tracey Wilson, Cecillia Tran

Hilton Crystal Ballroom, Attendance: 129

Audio files: WomenInSciTech.mp3 [MP3 Audio - 142.57 MB] | WomenInSciTech.ogg [OGG - 32.98 MB]

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2:30 p.m.

Code: Debugging the Gender Gap (Documentary)

CODE documentary exposes the dearth of American female and minority software engineers and explores the reasons for this gender gap. CODE raises the question: What would society gain from having more women and minorities code?

Elonka Dunin (Moderator), Tracey Wilson

Hilton Room 201, Attendance: 57

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4:00 p.m.

Rule 41: The FBI’s New License to Hack? (and the Stop Mass Hacking Act)

An obscure change to rules of criminal procedure would allow the FBI to hack computers anywhere in the world regardless of collateral damage. The “Stop Mass Hacking Act” has been proposed in Congress to rein in this overreach. Will it be enacted before December when the change goes into effect?

Kevin Bankston, Amie Stepanovich (Moderator), Kurt Opsahl

Hilton Room 208-209, Attendance: 77

Audio files: Rule41FBILicenseToHack.mp3 [MP3 Audio - 133.7 MB] | Rule41FBILicenseToHack.ogg [OGG - 34.05 MB]

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5:30 p.m.

Revenge Porn and Reputation Destroying Sites

A discussion of how to protect and defend yourself against digital retribution and online extortion.

Hayden Barnes, TJ Mihill (moderator), Rebecca Hiles

Hilton Room 208-209, Attendance: 36

Audio files: RevengePornReputationDestroyingSites.mp3 [MP3 Audio - 134.96 MB] | RevengePornReputationDestroyingSites.ogg [OGG - 36.57 MB]

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7:00 p.m.

Let’s Encrypt: Encrypt the Entire Web!

Let’s Encrypt provides free encryption certificates for any public web site, but with no guarantees of correct identity. What are the benefits, and how is this new valuable resource being abused?

Chris Grayson, Aaron Butler, Xavier Ashe

Hilton Room 208-209, Attendance: 57

Audio files: LetsEncrypt.mp3 [MP3 Audio - 132.6 MB] | LetsEncrypt.ogg [OGG - 34.77 MB]

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8:30 p.m. 

Forensics and Cyber Forensics Are Lies (and are Not Science)

In court, juries give a lot of weight to forensic science and evidence (thanks to police TV shows). However, most of it isn’t science, and it’s often overhyped or falsified. So why does this “CSI Effect” happen, and what can be done about it?

Xavier Ashe

Hilton Room 208-209, Attendance: 105

Audio files: ForensicsAndCyberForensicsAreLies.mp3 [MP3 Audio - 144.77 MB] | ForensicsAndCyberForensicsAreLies.ogg [OGG - 36.59 MB]

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10:00 p.m.

Online Dating Survival Guide

It’s a jungle out there when you’re trying to find a partner online. We’ll tell you how to not only survive but thrive in the wild world of online dating.

Rebecca Hiles

Hilton Room 208-209, Attendance: 74

Audio files: OnlineDatingSurvivalGuide.mp3 [MP3 Audio - 148.5 MB] | OnlineDatingSurvivalGuide.ogg [OGG - 37.75 MB]

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Saturday, September 3, 2016



10:00 a.m.

Legal Issues of Kickstarter and Crowdfunding

Legal risks and pitfalls for crowdfunding will be presented as well as strategies for success in this growing practice.

Blair B. Chintella, David J. Hansen, PhD. (Moderator)

Hilton Room 208-209, Attendance: 34

Audio files: LegalIssuesKickstarterCrowdFunding.mp3 [MP3 Audio - 136.34 MB] | LegalIssuesKickstarterCrowdFunding.ogg [OGG - 34.94 MB]

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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, Attendance: 22

Audio files: Copyright101.mp3 [MP3 Audio - 135.56 MB] | Copyright101.ogg [OGG - 32.49 MB]

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1:00 p.m.

National Security Letters: Past, Present, and Future

We’ll take a look at how National Security Letters — secret government demands for Internet user information issued directly by the FBI — have been used and abused in the past, and at how some in Congress are trying to expand this warrantless search power even further.

Kevin Bankston (Moderator), Blair B. Chintella, Christina Rudy, Kurt Opsahl

Hilton Room 208-209, Attendance: 95

Audio files: NationalSecurityLetters.mp3 [MP3 Audio - 141.64 MB] | NationalSecurityLetters.ogg [OGG - 35.73 MB]

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2:30 p.m.

Oracle v. Google Lawsuit: Round 2?

Oracle initially sued and largely prevailed on the question of whether Java API’s used in Android constitute a copyright violation. Then Oracle lost in a later trial on the question of fair use. The fair use question will be appealed, with ramifications for every software developer.

Meredith Rose, James Sanders (Moderator)

Hilton Room 208-209, Attendance: 35

Audio files: OracleVGoogleRound2.mp3 [MP3 Audio - 136.81 MB] | OracleVGoogleRound2.ogg [OGG - 34.65 MB]

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4:00 p.m.

FBI vs. Apple vs. Grey Hats and the Future of Encryption

Law enforcement is clamoring to get at data protected in locked mobile phones, while manufacturers assert that weakening the locks would compromise security for all. Are Grey Hats the right way to compromise on this difficult issue?

Kevin Bankston, Blair B. Chintella (Moderator), Kurt Opsahl, Amie Stepanovich, TJ Mihill, Drew Porter, saurik

Marriott A601-A602, Attendance: 176

Audio files: FBIvsApplevsGreyHats.mp3 [MP3 Audio - 145.15 MB] | FBIvsApplevsGreyHats.ogg [OGG  - 33.56 MB]

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5:30 p.m.

Internet Marketing (for Authors): Conquering Social Media

Tips, tricks, and advice for the novice or seasoned authors to navigate Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, etc. We will take a brief look at the various platforms where authors promote, and break down the common themes for utilizing them for maximum engagement in conjunction with book sales.

Sascha Illyvich (Moderator), Holly Bryant-Simpson, Nico Murray, Tyra Burton, EJ Stevens, Elaine Calloway, Stephanie Burke

Hilton Room 208-209, Attendance: 37

Audio files: InternetMarketingForAuthors.mp3 [MP3 Audio - 140.44 MB] | InternetMarketingForAuthors.ogg [OGG - 32.4 MB]

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7:00 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.

Chad Ramey, jonny X (Moderator), Chris Grayson, Drew Porter, Xavier Ashe, Candis Orr

Hilton Crystal Ballroom, Attendance: 333

Audio files: Hacking101.mp3 [MP3 Audio - 138.09 MB] | Hacking101.ogg [OGG - 31.69 MB]

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8:30 p.m.

Mobile Biometrics and Law Enforcement

Law Enforcement has access to a growing array of new investigative technologies that can be used in the field as the law enforcement tech industry has exploded. How many of these solutions are any good, and do they all pass constitutional muster?

David Maass, Jon Padfield (Moderator)

Hilton Room 208-209, Attendance: 87

Audio files: MobileBiometricsLawEnforcement.mp3 [MP3 Audio - 137.45 MB] | MobileBiometricsLawEnforcement.ogg [OGG - 38.02 MB]

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10:00 p.m.

Online Stalkers and Your Safety

SWATing, Doxxing, and death threats are becoming more and more common. Sometimes it’s an obsessive ex, a jealous fan that takes things too far, or sometimes it’s “just for the lulz”. How can you preempt them and protect your privacy without turning into a digital hermit?

Mika McKinnon, Rebecca Hiles

Hilton Room 208-209, Attendance: 25

Audio files: OnlineStalkersYourSafety.mp3 [MP3 Audio - 147.29 MB] | OnlineStalkersYourSafety.ogg [OGG - 39.44 MB]

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Sunday, September 4, 2016



10:00 a.m.

UK Investigatory Powers Bill (Snooper’s Charter)

The UK Investigatory Powers Bill makes “1984” look tame by comparison. Is this an overreaction to recent threats of terrorism? How does the British system differ from guarantees provided by the American constitution, and why should Americans be concerned by legal issues overseas?

Blair B. Chintella, Scott M. Jones

Hilton Room 208-209, Attendance: 12

Audio files: UKInvestigatoryPowersBill.mp3 [MP3 Audio - 138.48 MB] | UKInvestigatoryPowersBill.ogg [OGG - 36.8 MB]

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11:30 a.m.

Legality of Fanfic and Cosplay

How close are you to a copyright violation when writing fan fiction or dressing up as a copyrighted character? How do you know if you are infringing, and what legal protections are available? Should laws be changed to allow non-profit fanfic and cosplay regardless of the copyright owner’s wishes?

Courtney Lytle, Meredith Rose (Moderator), Erica Farmer

Hilton Room 208-209, Attendance: 33

Audio files: LegalityFanficCosplay.mp3 [MP3 Audio - 135.55 MB] | LegalityFanficCosplay.ogg [OGG - 34.57 MB]

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1:00 p.m.

Famous Unsolved Codes

Learn about two of the most famous unsolved codes: the modern enigma at CIA headquarters, and research on the centuries-old Voynich manuscript.

Elonka Dunin

Hilton Room 208-209, Attendance: 117

Audio files: FamousUnsolvedCodes.mp3 [MP3 Audio - 148.81 MB] | FamousUnsolvedCodes.ogg [OGG - 39.28 MB]

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2:30 p.m.

State of Mobile Jailbreaking

We’ll take a look back at the times it got easier for users (bootroom exploits and browser-based jailbreaks), how it recently has been getting harder (tethered jailbreaks and KPP), what is changing with Apple, and what the future may bring for this alternative platform.


Hilton Room 208-209, Attendance: 49

Audio files: StateOfMobileJailbreaking.mp3 [MP3 Audio - 125 MB] | StateOfMobileJailbreaking.ogg [OGG - 34.83 MB] 

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4:00 p.m.

Niche Markets in eBooks and Print (for Writers)

What are niche markets for writers, and what are the special considerations that writers face when writing for them? Are there truly financial opportunities to be had in writing for niche markets? What makes the most business sense?

Sascha Illyvich (Moderator), Gail Z. Martin, Andrew Greenberg, Holly Bryant-Simpson, Nico Murray, Tyra Burton, Alex Hofelich, EJ Stevens, Elaine Calloway, Stephanie Burke

Hilton Room 208-209, Attendance: 47

Audio files: NicheMarketsEbooksPrint.mp3 [MP3 Audio - 128.13 MB] | NicheMarketsEbooksPrint.ogg [OGG - 33.22 MB]

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5:30 p.m.

How Science Fiction Impacts Public Policy

How is today’s science fiction affecting tomorrow’s laws and policy? Are there any unintended side effects? What are the great positive effects? Are there any meaningful impacts at all?

Kevin Bankston, Scott Sigler, David Maass, Meredith Rose (Moderator), Mika McKinnon

Hilton Room 208-209, Attendance: 120

Audio files: HowScienceFictionImpactsPublicPolicy.mp3 [MP3 Audio - 135.83 MB] | HowScienceFictionImpactsPublicPolicy.ogg [OGG - 36.2 MB]

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7:00 p.m.


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.

Jennie Breeden, Bill Holbrook (Moderator), John Lotshaw, Comfort Love, Adam Withers

Hilton Room 208-209, Attendance: 66

Audio files: Webcomics.mp3 [MP3 Audio - 147.44 MB] | Webcomics.ogg [OGG - 34.08 MB]

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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 A question and answer session will follow the film.

Hilton Room 208-209, Attendance: 85

Audio files: 10RulesPoliceEncounters.mp3 [MP3 Audio - 77.36 MB] | 10RulesPoliceEncounters.ogg [OGG - 21.87 MB]

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10:00 p.m.

Hacking 201

Q&A from our panel of experts; play “stump the hacker”!

Elonka Dunin, jonny X (Moderator), Chad Ramey, Chris Grayson, Drew Porter, Xavier Ashe, Ray Kelly

Hilton Room 208-209, Attendance: 165

Audio files: Hacking201.mp3 [MP3 Audio - 287.4 MB] | Hacking201.ogg [OGG - 66.74 MB]

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Monday, September 5, 2016



10:00 a.m.

FOIA Workshop (Filing Freedom of Information Act Requests)

How to file a request under the Freedom of Information Act, with live demonstrations and results from prior years’ panels. Be your own activist!

David Maass (Moderator), Jason Mitchell

Hilton Room 208-209, Attendance: 7

Audio files: FOIAWorkshop.mp3 [MP3 Audio - 133.93 MB] | FOIAWorkshop.ogg [OGG - 36.83 MB]

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11:30 a.m.

Online Propaganda: A Brave New World

What defines this age-old term in a brave new (online) world? Twitter deletes accounts of dissidents, Facebook’s secret psychological studies of users, pressuring search engines to modify censor results, the Great Firewall of China, government IP addresses modifying Wikipedia pages…

Blair B. Chintella (Moderator), Amie Stepanovich

Hilton Room 208-209, Attendance: 41

Audio files: OnlinePropaganda.mp3 [MP3 Audio - 139.51 MB] | OnlinePropaganda.ogg [OGG - 36.01 MB]

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1:00 p.m.

Agile Development 101

An overview of methodologies, agile toolsets such as Trello, Jira, Pivotal Tracker, etc., and how they work together.

Elonka Dunin

Hilton Room 208-209, Attendance: 43

Audio files: AgileDevelopment101.mp3 [MP3 Audio - 108.55 MB] | AgileDevelopment101.ogg [OGG - 28.76 MB]

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2:30 p.m.

CISA Cybersecurity Provisions Passed in the 2016 Omnibus Budget Bill

The CISA bill (Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act) was long opposed by activists as an expansion of the current surveillance state. It was attached to the omnibus budget bill and passed over strenuous objections. What does it say and how does it affect IT infosec departments across the country?

TJ Mihill (Moderator), Xavier Ashe

Hilton Room 208-209, Attendance: 42

Audio files: CISACybersecurityProvisions.mp3 [MP3 Audio - 140.15 MB] | CISACybersecurityProvisions.ogg [OGG - 38.37 MB]

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