Talk announcements: Social Enterprises & Activism / Adventures in Spearphishing

April 24th 2017

Today we are presenting two accepted talks from Melanie Rieback: "Social Enterprises as a Tool for Activism" & "Adventures in Spearphishing: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly"

In the era of President Trump, Activists, NGOs and charities need to reexamine the stability of (and motives behind) their funding sources. Surprisingly, business is an excellent tool that one can leverage to change the system. While business is not perceived as sexy by most activist-types, Melanie's first talk will explain how this can be used.

She will also introduce "phishing spam", or spear fishing with an open-source spear phishing toolkit. The story has a surprising ending and an ethical and philosophical twist.

This is the kind of story about internet security that can only come from somebody in the trenches.

Dr. Melanie Rieback is the CEO and co-founder of Radically Open Security, the world's first non-profit computer security consultancy company. She is also a former Assistant Professor of Computer Science at VU who performed RFID security research (RFID Virus and RFID Guardian), that attracted worldwide press coverage, and won several awards (VU Mediakomeet, ISOC Award, NWO I/O award, IEEE Percom Best Paper, USENIX Lisa Best Paper).

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