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Written by Scott M. Jones   
Saturday, 31 July 2021 18:58

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Virtual Content on DragonCon TV, Stream 2 (Airtime as noted below)

 Time   

Program

Sat. 9/4
4:00 p.m.

More Famous and Not-So-Famous Unsolved Codes

Elonka and Klaus introduce many more spectacular unsolved codes. While some of these stories are well-known, others have little coverage in academia or elsewhere. However, all of these stories have one thing in common: They include an encrypted message that has never been deciphered.

Elonka Dunin (moderator), Klaus Schmeh

DragonCon TV Stream 2

Mon. 9/6
10:00 a.m.

Rule 41: FBI Hacks into Exchange Servers to Patch Them!

The FBI recently used a very expansive view of 'Rule 41' regarding searches and seizures to justify hacking into vulnerable exchange servers to patch them without notifying server owners first. Just what is 'Rule 41' anyway, and how could this possibly be legal?

Kurt Opsahl, Amie Stepanovich, Karl T. Grindal, Keith Watson, Scott M. Jones (moderator)

DragonCon TV Stream 2

 

Thursday, September 2, 2021

 Time   

Program

7:00 p.m.

Georgia's New Anti-'Revenge Porn' Law

Georgia has a new law on the books (from SB 78) to outlaw "revenge porn", the posting of nude images without consent of the subject. Does this law achieve its goals or does it go too far? Are there any new risks to photographers acting in good faith?

TJ Mihill

Hilton Room 313-314, Attendance: TBD

8:30 p.m.

Surveillance Tech in Schools

What kinds of solutions are surveillance tech vendors now selling in schools? What are the goals, and do they really improve safety or just provide "security theater" at a cost? What about automated test proctoring, and how do these solutions threaten privacy and safety?

Scott M. Jones (moderator)

Hilton Room 313-314, Attendance: TBD

 

Friday, September 3, 2021

 Time   

Program

11:30 a.m.

Anti-Trust Law and Big Tech

What is "big tech" and why do many people think some tech companies are too big? Could anti-trust law be used to rein in large tech companies, and why haven't we heard more about this previously? Can mergers be undone using anti-trust law? Do tech companies have their own First Amendment rights?

Courtney Lytle, James Nettles

Hilton Room 313-314, Attendance: TBD

1:00 p.m.

The Problems with Digital Vaccine Passports

Why are so many people concerned about technology solutions to identify the vaccination status of people in large groups? Do such solutions adequately protect our privacy? Are they open to hacking? And is there any evidence that such solutions can actually keep us safe from viral infection?

Amie Stepanovich, Dwayne Keith Goetzel, Eric Null

Hilton Room 313-314, Attendance: TBD

2:30 p.m.

Georgia Election Law Changes and HR-1 at the Federal Level

What changes were brought about to Georgia's election laws by SB 202, which was in the news, and why is our legislature making so many changes after the 2020 election? Will the "For the People Bill" HR-1 also affect Georgia elections and possibly undo some of the provisions of SB 202?

Dwayne Keith Goetzel, Karl T Grindal, Ronald Edward Daniels (moderator)

Hilton Room 313-314, Attendance: TBD

4:00 p.m.

Subversion or Liberation? Cross-Border Content and Information Warfare

As states leverage the Internet to diffuse news, public affairs, and propaganda to other societies, can citizens benefit? This session will focus on how foreign-supported political information can support dissenters and reformers in domestic society.

Hans Klein

Hilton Room 313-314, Attendance: TBD

5:30 p.m.

Closed for Cleaning

Closed for cleaning.

7:00 p.m.

Documentary: Coded Bias

The documentary Coded Bias explores how biases of developers or technology vendors can be unwittingly or even intentionally "baked in" to a system, sometimes in subtle ways. The notion that technology is inherently unbiased is challenged. (2 hours)

Scott M. Jones (moderator)

Hilton Room 313-314, Attendance: TBD

10:00 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), John Lotshaw, Comfort Love, Adam Withers

Hilton Room 313-314, Attendance: TBD
 

Saturday, September 4, 2021

Time

Program

10:00 a.m.

Negative Space Signaling: A Threat to Election Integrity?

The combination of intentional or unintentional stray marks in the unused space on paper ballots, coupled with widespread public release of digital scans of all ballots, could threaten ballot secrecy, enabling vote selling and/or voter intimidation.

Scott M. Jones (moderator)

Hilton Room 313-314, Attendance: TBD

11:30 a.m.

Google News Deal with Australia

Traditional news organizations in Australia successfully lobbied the government to extract payments from Google News, while at the same time monetizing referred traffic with subscriptions and advertising. Is this really fair to Google News, and are the payments flowing in the wrong direction?

Amie Stepanovich, Eric Null

Hilton Room 313-314, Attendance: TBD

1:00 p.m.

Redistricting 101

The redistricting process is constitutionally mandated to happen every ten years based on the US census. How does this process work, is it truly fair, and is it being politicized?

Dwayne Keith Goetzel (moderator), Karl T Grindal, Ronald Edward Daniels

Hilton Room 313-314, Attendance: TBD

2:30 p.m.

Anonymity, Doxxing, Moderation, Censorship

Activists of extreme political ideologies and causes use anonymity and disclosure (doxxing) as tools in their organizing. Some call for content moderation to limit extremism, while others decry this as censorship. Our panelists have studied these practices and the ethical questions at stake.

Matthew J. Brown (moderator), Pete Rorabaugh

Hilton Room 313-314, Attendance: TBD

4:00 p.m.

SolarWinds Breaches

The SolarWinds breaches show just how bad supply chain attacks can get, when a widely used supplier is breached, and then all of their customers can become vulnerable. We'll discuss the scope and breadth of this massive series of breaches and what we can do to secure our vital supply chains.

Amie Stepanovich, Karl T Grindal (moderator), Isaac Sheff

Hilton Room 313-314, Attendance: TBD

5:30 p.m.

Closed for Cleaning

Closed for cleaning.

7:00 p.m.

If Privacy Dies in VR, It Dies in Real Life

What are the privacy issues involved with virtual reality, and how do they affect our privacy in the real world away from technology?

Andrew Greenberg, Bobby Blackwolf, Kenneth Lightner

Hilton Room 313-314, Attendance: TBD

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.

Kurt Opsahl, Andrew Hirsch, Isaac Sheff, Dustin Smith (moderator)

Hilton Room 313-314, Attendance: TBD

10:00 p.m.

Cancel Culture

Cancel culture is cultural ostracism or banishment, often accelerated in online spaces such as social media. If it is purely cultural, is there any legal defense, or legal argument under our First Amendment? Is there any way to fight back against what can sometimes be a mob mentality?

James Nettles

Hilton Room 313-314, Attendance: TBD


 

Sunday, September 5, 2021

Time

Program

10:00 a.m.

Tech-Industry Sponsored State-Level Privacy Bills

Why are large technology companies suddenly so interested in having privacy bills passed, if such bills could hurt their business model? And why are they pushing bills at the state level instead of asking for federal legislation?

Amie Stepanovich (moderator), James Nettles, Karl T Grindal

Hilton Room 313-314, Attendance: TBD

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 313-314, Attendance: TBD

1:00 p.m.

Information, Technology, and Social Control

When we think of social control, we usually think in terms of physical power and coercion. Yet in today’s world there is arguably a high degree of non-coercive social control. This is information-based social control, and it relies on persuasion, framing, and filtering.

Hans Klein

Hilton Room 313-314, Attendance: TBD

2:30 p.m.

New Bill to Limit Third-Party Warrantless Surveillance

Our Fourth Amendment rights, and other rights, can often be bypassed by governments who use third-party commercial data in criminal or other investigations. We'll discuss some of the recent legislative efforts to rein in this process.

Amie Stepanovich (moderator), Karl T Grindal, Ronald Edward Daniels

Hilton Room 313-314, Attendance: TBD

4:00 p.m.

CASE Act of 2020: Small Claims Court for Copyright?

What is the CASE Act of 2020, how was it passed, and how can a small claims court for copyright NOT be a violation of due process rights?

Courtney Lytle, James Nettles, TJ Mihill (moderator)

Hilton Room 313-314, Attendance: TBD

5:30 p.m.

Closed for Cleaning

Closed for cleaning.

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.

Andrew Greenberg

Hilton Room 313-314, Attendance: TBD

10:00 p.m.

Hacking 201

Q&A from our panel of experts; play “stump the hacker”!
This panel will be capped at 90 minutes for 2021.

Dustin Smith(moderator)

Hilton Room 313-314, Attendance: TBD
 

Monday, September 6, 2021

Time

Program

10:00 a.m.

HB-134 and HB-156: Hiding Government Breach Notifications in Georgia

Georgia bills HB-134 and HB-156 from the 2021 legislative season seek to hide information about security breaches from the State Open Records Act. To what extent is this appropriate, and how could it be abused to escape accountability from matters of public interest?

Karl T Grindal, Ronald Edward Daniels

Hilton Room 313-314, Attendance: TBD

11:30 a.m.

Oracle v. Google: Final SCOTUS Decision (Good News!)

After over a decade, the Supreme Court has rendered a final decision on the ability of any entity to copyright an API. The decision is great news for interoperability, open source, and technology in general.

Kurt Opsahl (moderator), TJ Mihill, Andrew Hirsch

Hilton Room 313-314, Attendance: TBD

1:00 p.m.

NFT's Explained

Non-Fungible Token, or NFT's, are suddenly all the rage, with billions of dollars now being traded. What are they, how do they have value, and why do they need to depend on a blockchain?

Andrew Greenberg, Elizabeth Strickler

Hilton Room 313-314, Attendance: TBD

2:30 p.m.

Apple's New Mobile Privacy Policy and Google's FLoC

As Congress and state legislatures consider new privacy legislation, tech companies are coming up with privacy schemes of their own for market differentiation, and perhaps to stave off privacy legislation that they consider unfavorable.

Amie Stepanovich, James Nettles, Eric Null

Hilton Room 313-314, Attendance: TBD

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