July 30, 2010 (All day) to August 1, 2010 (All day)
Las Vegas

DEFCON is the world's largest annual hacker convention, held each in Las Vegas, Nevada. EFF staff have some interesting presentations, talks and panel discussions scheduled for DEFCON 18. If you are going to be at this year's DEFCON, check out the schedule below.

EFF Speakers at DEFCON

An Observatory for the SSLiverse

Peter Eckersley, Senior Staff Technologist, Electronic Frontier Foundation

Jesse Burns, Founding Partner, iSEC Partners

This talk reports a comprehensive study of the set of certificates currently in use on public HTTPS servers. We investigate who signed the certs, what properties they have, and whether there is any evidence of malicious certificates signed, directly or indirectly, by trusted CAs.

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How Unique Is Your Browser?

Peter Eckersley, Senior Staff Technologist, Electronic Frontier Foundation

This talk reports the results of the Panopticlick browser fingerprinting experiment. We show how innocent-looking version and configuration information can be used to uniquely identify almost all desktop browsers, without use of cookies or IP addresses. We discuss how this comes about, how serious a problem it is, and just how hard it will be to fix...

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Legal Developments in Hardware Hacking

Jennifer Granick, Civil Liberties Director, Electronic Frontier Foundation

Matt Zimmerman, Senior Staff Attorney, Electronic Frontier Foundation

Hardware hacking raises some novel legal issues This presentation will discuss recent updates in the law that hardware hackers need to know. Topics will include updates on phone unlocking and jailbreaking following the Digital Millennium Copyright Act rulemaking and reverse engineering law. We will also discuss a case in California that will decide whether it's legal for a company to automate user access to her Facebook's data without using the company's APIs.

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The Law of Laptop Search and Seizure

Jennifer Granick, Civil Liberties Director, Electronic Frontier Foundation

Kevin Bankston, Senior Staff Attorney, Electronic Frontier Foundation

Marcia Hofmann, Senior Staff Attorney, Electronic Frontier Foundation

Kurt Opsahl, Senior Staff Attorney, Electronic Frontier Foundation

This talk will teach attendees about their legal rights in information stored on their laptops, including when crossing the United States border. We will answer questions such as: What do the police need to do to seize your laptop? Can the U.S. government force you to turn over your password during a border search? Do you have constitutional rights in email and other data stored in the cloud? What happens when the government attempts to force disclosure of passwords? Finally, we will give attendees practical advice on when to do when the police want to take their computers and how to secure device-accessible information, whether on the hard drive or stored remotely.

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How To Get Your FBI File (and Other Information You Want From the Federal Government)

Marcia Hofmann, Senior Staff Attorney, Electronic Frontier Foundation

Want to know the story behind the latest government scandal, or see what a three-letter agency knows about you? In this workshop, the Electronic Frontier Foundation will show you how to use two open government laws, the Freedom of Information Act and the Privacy Act, to ask for records from the federal government. We'll discuss what you can (and can't) get under these laws, how to write an effective open government request, how to appeal an agency's decision to withhold information, and how to figure out next steps.

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Big Brother on the Big Screen: Fact/Fiction?

Nicole Ozer, Technology and Civil Liberties Policy Director, ACLU of Northern CA

Kevin Bankston, Senior Staff Attorney, Electronic Frontier Foundation

Can the NSA really do that? Um, yes. Join us at the movies to take a close look at how government surveillance has caught up with the fables dreamed up for Hollywood flicks — from old favorites like Brazil to newer additions like Bourne and Dark Knight. Jaunty tin foil hats and popcorn will be provided!

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Meet the EFF

Kevin Bankston, Senior Staff Attorney, Electronic Frontier Foundation

Eva Galperin, Referral Coordinator, Electronic Frontier Foundation

Jennifer Granick, Civil Liberties Director, Electronic Frontier Foundation

Marcia Hofmann, Senior Staff Attorney, Electronic Frontier Foundation

Kurt Opsahl, Senior Staff Attorney, Electronic Frontier Foundation

Get the latest information about how the law is racing to catch up with technological change from staffers at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the nation’s premiere digital civil liberties group fighting for freedom and privacy in the computer age. This session will include updates on current EFF issues such as Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) use and misuse (and — maybe — the much delayed exemptions), whether breaking Captchas breaks the law, Digital Due Process (updating communications privacy law), legal and policy issues with walled gardens, and much more. Half the session will be given over to question-and-answer, so it's your chance to ask EFF questions about the law and technology issues that are important to you.

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