Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Talks on privacy and anonymity

Watched these talks a little while ago but have just been revisiting them.

Changing Threats To Privacy: From TIA to Google
By Moxie Marlinspike

Abstract: A lot has changed since discussions around digital privacy began. The security community won the war for strong cryptography, anonymous darknets which presumably make the eradication of information impossible have been successfully deployed, and much of the communications infrastructure has been decentralized. These strategies were carefully conceived while planning for the most dystopian visions of the future imaginable, and yet somehow they've fallen short of delivering us from the most pernicious privacy threats today. Rather than a centralized state-backed database of all our movements, modern threats to privacy have become something much more subtle, and perhaps all the more sinister. This talk will explore these evolving trends and discuss some interesting solutions in the works.

Becoming Jack Flack: Real Life Cloak and Dagger
By Taylor Banks and Adam Bregenzer

Abstract: Are you on too many social networking sites? Have all of your exes found you on facebook? If the fuzz came looking, how easy it would be for them to find you? kaos.theory, the creators of Anonym.OS, bring you this abridged guide to becoming (and staying) anonymous. Privacy is your right, anonymity is your path, and kaos.theory will be your guide.
We address anonymity at three progressively comprehensive levels - whether you just want to CLOAK your tracks, go undercover like Jack Flack at the DAGGER level, or go completely off the grid and be a HERMIT. In this 50 minute session, arcon (Adam Bregenzer) and dr.kaos (Taylor Banks) explore some of the issues, challenges, and sacrifices you will encounter. After this talk, if you don't cut up your credit cards, we will!