July 29, 2013 | By Kurt Opsahl

EFF in Las Vegas for Computer Security Conferences

EFF is heading to fabulous Las Vegas this week for the summer security conferences: Black Hat USA, Security B-Sides Las Vegas and DEF CON. We're excited to see everyone there!


Photo by visage used under CC license Come by the EFF booth to learn about our latest work, renew your membership, check out the new t-shirts or just to say hello.

  • Black Hat Briefings (Caesar's Palace): Open Wednesday, July 31 to Thursday, August 1.
  • BSidesLV (Tuscany): Open Wednesday, July 31 to Thursday, Aug 1.
  • DEF CON (Rio): Two booth locations (vendor area and contests!) open Friday, August 2 to Sunday, August 4.



  • We're actually renting this phone booth.Call Congress at the CFAA DC Dialer Booth: EFF is bringing a phone booth to the DEF CON Contest & Event area, so you can make a toll-free call to your representatives to speak out on Aaron's Law, the bill designed to bring some much needed reform to the CFAA. (Yes, we're actually bringing that phone booth.)
  • DEF CON: Vegas 2.0's theSummit Party: Once again, Vegas 2.0 is hosting an event at DEF CON and raising money for EFF. "You can hobnob with similarly freedom-inclined cyberfolk, win a raffle or some door prizes, shake your pants to DJ Jackalope and others and rest easy in the knowledge that every penny generated goes straight to the EFF." Come and meet the many amazing featured guests. 20:30 at the Rio.
  • R00tz (formerly DEF CON Kids): The third annual r00tz Asylum at DEF CON is free to kids aged 8-16 that have purchased a DEF CON conference badge ($180 cash at DEF CON registration). Schedule TBD.



Wednesday, July 31

• Black Hat: Legal Considerations for Cellular Research, 10:15 in Palace 1

EFF Attorney Kurt Opsahl and EFF Fellow Marcia Hofmann will give a turbo talk on legal considerations for cellular research. This briefing will provide a legal overview of what a researcher should keep in mind when investigating mobile communications, technologies, and networks.

• Black Hat: What Security Researchers Need to Know, 11:45 in Palace 3

EFF Fellow Marcia Hofmann will explain why the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act is such a dangerous tool in the hands of overzealous prosecutors.

• Black Hat: Town Hall Meeting: Reforming the CFAA  17:00 in Florentine

In this town hall meeting, join activists involved in CFAA reform efforts to discuss how you can get involved in the public debate around CFAA reform and strategize about how to have the most impact.  With Kurt Opsahl, Marcia Hofmann, EFF Policy Analyst Mark Jaycox, Kevin Bankston of the Center for Democracy & Technology, Jonathan Mayer of Stanford Center for Internet and Society, and Alex Stamos of Artemis and expert witness on Aaron Swartz’s side of US vs Swartz.

Thursday, August 1

• DEF CON: Hacker Law School, 10:00 in Track 3

This workshop will provide you with the fundamentals of Intellectual Property, Crimimal Law, and Criminal Procedure that you need to protect yourself. With attorney Jim Rennie & EFF Fellow Marcia Hofmann.

• B-Sides Las Vegas: Ask the EFF Panel, 16:00-17:00 in the Underground (Siena)

Once again, the Electronic Frontier Foundation returns to the Underground to answer your toughest Off-the-Record queries. Question some of the greatest minds in the field of internet law, in what is fast becoming an annual BSidesLV tradition.

Friday, August 2

DEF CON: Ask the EFF: The Year in Digital Civil Liberties, 14:00 in Track 4

Get the latest information about how the law is racing to catch up with technological change from staffers at the EFF. This session will include updates on current EFF issues such as surveillance online and fighting efforts to use intellectual property claims to shut down free speech and halt innovation, discussion of our technology project to protect privacy and speech online, updates on cases and legislation affecting security research, and much more.

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