!Mediengruppe Bitnik live and work in Zurich/London. Using hacking as an artistic strategy, their works recontextualize the familiar to allow for new readings of established structures and mechanisms. Their works formulate fundamental questions concerning contemporary issues and can be seen at http://wwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww.bitnik.org.
@jimio works on Twitter's product-security team; he delights in short biographies.
Adi Kamdar is an activist at the Electronic Frontier Foundation specializing in patent, free speech, intermediary liability, andconsumer privacy issues. He also coordinates EFF's open access advocacy and helps with student activism. Adi studied History of Science at Yale University, where he was chapter president and a member of the board of directors of Students for Free Culture. Previously, he interned at EFF, at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, and with the Open Video Alliance. In his free time, he enjoys improv, music, things that are delicious, and being outdoors.
aestetix, after being suspended twice from Google Plus during nymwars, helped co-found NymRights, focused on preserving identity freedom on the Internet. For verification's sake, he was also involved when the Knights Templar overtook the Spanish Armada, and has secret documents from the NSA about the aliens.
Ahmed Ghappour is a professor at UC Hastings College of the Law. There, he directs a project that addresses constitutional issues in national security and cyber security prosecutions across the country. His scholarship looks at the interplay between emerging technology and national security - particularly as demonstrated by the modern surveillance state and the evolution of cyberspace as a theater of war. Formerly, Ahmed was a diagnostics engineer at SGI's high performance computing division.
Alexander Muentz is both a hacker and lawyer. He tries to explain technology to lawyers and law to hackers and techies. You've seen him around at a few other conferences - and when he can't be informative, he can at least be entertaining.
Andrea Matwyshyn is a senior policy advisor at FTC and a law professor at U Penn Wharton. She advises government agencies on technology and security issues, and has testified before Congress on security legislation.
Andrew Blake is a journalist who has worked closely on issues concerning Anonymous and hacktivism for a number of outlets. He's appeared on RT and HuffPost Live to discuss computer crimes and the intelligence sector, and covered the case of WikiLeaks source Chelsea Manning for vice.com.
Andrew Yoder has been listening to, writing about, and speaking about pirate radio stations, particularly on shortwave, for more than 30 years. He has written Pirate Radio Stations (1990, TAB Books), Pirate Radio (1996, HighText), Pirate Radio Operations (1995, with Earl T. Gray, Loompanics), Pirate Radio Stations (2000, McGraw-Hill), and The Pirate Radio Annual (2010-2014, Hobby Broadcasting). His blog is at: http://hobbybroadcasting.blogspot.com.
Aurelia Moser is a 2014 Knight Mozilla Open News Fellow at Ushahidi (http://ushahidi.com) and Internews-Kenya. She toggles between Nairobi and New York working on coding education and open source crisis mapping for journalists.
Babak Javadi is a hardware hacker with a wayward spirit. His first foray into the world of physical security was in the third grade, where he received detention for describing to another student in words alone how to disassemble the doorknob on the classroom door. After years of immersion in electronics and computer hardware hacking, he found his passion in the puzzling and mysterious world of high security locks and safes. After serving as a driving force within the locksport community for almost a decade and helping found the U.S. division of The Open Organisation Of Lockpickers (TOOOL), he has recently re-embraced the beauty of the baud and resumed hardware hacking with a vengeance.
Barton Gellman is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and author, senior fellow at the Century Foundation, and lecturer at Princeton. He is one of three journalists who received classified archives from Edward Snowden. Gellman is leading NSA coverage at The Washington Post and writing a book on the surveillance-industrial revolution.
Beau Woods is an independent security consultant and an early participant in the I Am The Cavalry movement.
Becky Stern is the director of wearable electronics at Adafruit. Each week, she publishes a new do-it-yourself craft+tech project tutorial and video and also hosts the YouTube Live show "Wearable Electronics with Becky Stern" (adafruit.com/beckystern). She's been combining textiles with electronics since 2005. She is a member of the Brooklyn art combine Madagascar Institute and the Internet-based group Free Art & Technology (FAT).
Bill Degnan is a former lecturer of computer history at the University of Delaware. He currently runs the classic computing blog web site vintagecomputer.net and he is a veteran speaker for HOPE and other events related to computing and technology. Bill's writings and photography have appeared in Wired, BBC radio, and CNN online. He is currently working on a documentary about computer collecting.
Bill Horne had a career at "Mother Bell" that spanned 25 years. He joined New England Telephone and Telegraph Company as a technician, worked his way up to systems analyst at NYNEX, and was chosen for the SS7 groups at Verizon Engineering during the last part of his Verizon tenure. He was, at various points in his engineering years, in charge of the E911 network in New England, part of the "RFP" team for the Tekelec Eagle STP units employed to enable local number portability, and was also responsible for PC security in the Marlborough, Massachusetts Verizon office. Since accepting an early retirement offer, Bill has run his own business, offering PBX, VoIP, and network services to various customers in the Boston area.
Brian Knappenberger is a writer, director, and producer who has created award winning investigative documentaries and feature films for FRONTLINE/World, National Geographic, Bloomberg Television, and PBS. His recent award winning independent feature, We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists, explored the online "hacktivist" group Anonymous and chronicled a year of unprecedented online protest activity. Brian's previous films have explored the political tension and corruption behind rebuilding southern Afghanistan in Life After War and brutal abuses of power and a violent crackdown on speech in Ukraine in A Murder in Kyiv. His newest film, The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz, premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival (and will be screened at HOPE X).
Bryan Nunez is the project lead for InformaCam at the Guardian Project. Previously, he was the technology manager at Witness, and was a founding advisor for The Engine Room. He is a recognized leader in the strategy and development of online and mobile projects for social change. Throughout his career, he has led the development and product launches of award winning mobile and online projects.
Carl Haken is a Brooklyn-based developer, DevOps engineer, and entrepreneur. He has a keen interest in human-computer interfaces.
Charles Duan is the director of the Patent Reform Project at Public Knowledge, a DC-based nonprofit organization that promotes the public interest in technology policy and supports strong patent reform that minimizes the impact of patent trolls and other abuses of the patent system that get in the way of new technologies. He works closely with lawmakers in Congress, the White House, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and other places, to ensure that patent law promotes innovation rather than overreaching and impeding technologists. He previously practiced as a patent attorney and also was a software developer at a Silicon Valley startup.
Christopher Soghoian is a privacy researcher and activist, working at the intersection of technology, law, and policy. He is the principal technologist with the Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project at the American Civil Liberties Union. He completed his Ph.D. in 2012, which focused on the role that third party service providers play in facilitating law enforcement surveillance of their customers.
Colten Jackson is a machine and design assistant at the Champaign Urbana Community Fab Lab in Illinois. Working with a diverse set of fabrication tools and surrounded by a wonderful community of makers, Colten works to introduce people to technologies they might not expect they have access to and creates objects that exemplify what happens when talent pools overlap within the maker movement.
Connor Dickie is cofounder and CEO of Synbiota.
Dan Petro is a senior security analyst at Bishop Fox, a security consulting firm providing IT security services to the Fortune 500, global financial institutions, and high-tech startups. In this role, he focuses on application penetration testing and secure development. He holds a Bachelor of Science with a major in computer science as well as a Master's degree in computer science from Arizona State University.
Daniel C. Howe
Daniel C. Howe is an artist, writer, coder, and critical technologist, whose work focuses on the aesthetic and political implications of computational technologies. He currently lives in Hong Kong.
Daniel Ellsberg was the cause of one of the biggest political controversies in the history of the United States when he released the Pentagon Papers in 1971. This top-secret Pentagon study of U.S. government decision-making concerning the Vietnam War was released to various newspapers. When the New York Times was stopped by a Nixon administration court order, Ellsberg leaked the 7,000 pages of documents to the Washington Post and 17 other publications. These revelations clearly showed deceptive practices by the government and played a significant role in changing the views of many Americans - and ultimately in changing history. When Ellsberg turned himself in to face trial for his actions, he said, "I felt that as an American citizen, as a responsible citizen, I could no longer cooperate in concealing this information from the American public. I did this clearly at my own jeopardy and I am prepared to answer to all the consequences of this decision." After a trial which revealed massive corruption and various nefarious plots against Ellsberg, all charges were dismissed.
Daniel Kahn Gillmor
Daniel Kahn Gillmor is a technology fellow at the ACLU and a member of the Debian project. When he's not working on network protocols, free software, or civil liberties implications of technology, he's probably cooking or riding his bicycle.
David Solomonoff is president of the Internet Society - New York chapter, and is the library systems manager for the State University of New York (SUNY) Downstate Medical Center. He serves on the Technology Issues and the Globalization and Corporatization committees of United University Professions (UUP), the labor union representing SUNY faculty and staff. He recently became a member of ICANN's working group for new global top level domains (GTLDs).
Declan McCullagh is the chief political correspondent for CNET. Previously, he was a senior correspondent for CBS News' website, and was for four years the Wired bureau chief in Washington, D.C., where he spent over a decade before moving to the San Francisco Bay Area. An award-winning journalist, Declan writes and speaks frequently about technology, law, and politics; his work has appeared in scores of publications including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times Magazine, Playboy Magazine, Communications of the ACM, and the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy.
Deviant Ollam is a member of the board of directors of The Open Organisation Of Lockpickers (TOOOL) in the United States. Growing up with James Bond films and the TV show I Spy, he was fascinated with lockpicking from a young age, but never really got deep into this topic until witnessing TOOOL members firsthand at HOPE. He now helps to run the Lockpick Village at many cons around the world, has published books, and has visited over 100 cities across 17 countries in his time teaching about lockpicking.
Doug Farre is the president of Locksport International, a recreational organization focused on promoting and fostering the hands-on, interactive, and stimulating hobby of picking locks. Doug is interested in all types of security and has written, advocated, and spoken on the subject for years. Additionally, he has acted as a physical security consultant for numerous institutions. He currently lives in Boulder, Colorado and works as a web and mobile applications developer at Quick Left Inc.
Douglas Lucas is a freelance writer and journalist whose work covering national security matters, Internet freedom, culture, and more has appeared at Salon, Vice, Nerve, WhoWhatWhy, and other venues. He studied philosophy and literature at TCU, graduating summa cum laude. He also enjoys writing fiction, mainly in the SF and fantasy genres.
Douwe Schmidt is a community manager and privacy advocate. As part of his work at Dutch hosting provider Greenhost, he organizes the monthly meetup TA3M and founded the critical community Noisy Square - a coalition of many organizations and individuals questioning the dynamics of the net on a fundamental technical and political level. Currently, he is a volunteer for digital rights organization Bits of Freedom, for which he collaborates with many Dutch organizations to make a nationwide crypto party called Privacy Cafe. This initiative recently spread out to other countries like Belgium and France. He is also the author of a research blog on his digital alter-ego in which he investigates the data hunger of governments and of companies.
Ed Ryan is a New York patent attorney with a background in physics who deals with technologies including digital broadcast, semiconductor design, hula hoops, and (omg) software patents.
Edward Snowden will forever be known as someone who changed history, not only in this country, but throughout the world. His revelations of the massive NSA surveillance programs confirmed the suspicions of many and shocked those who haven't been paying attention. Throughout it all, he has remained strong and true to his convictions, while forced to remain in Russia to avoid the severe punishment virtually guaranteed by the United States government. Had these truths not been revealed, most people wouldn't have a clue of the extent of privacy violations they face every day at the hands of intelligence agencies. Even conferences like HOPE wouldn't be devoting nearly as much time to the subject without what has been learned over the past year. We are humbled to have him in our program, and hope the day will come when he's not confined to a video link and able to be as free as he is helping all of us to be.
Eleanor Saitta is a hacker, designer, artist, writer, and barbarian. She makes a living and a vocation of understanding how complex, transdisciplinary systems operate and redesigning them to work, or at least fail, better. Among other things, she is a cofounder of the Trike project (http://octotrike.org), technical director at the International Modern Media Institute (http://immi.is), a member of the advisory boards at the Freedom of the Press Foundation (https://pressfreedomfoundation.org) and Geeks Without Bounds (http://gwob.org), a contributor to the Briar project (http://briar.sf.net), and a freelance security architecture and strategy consultant. She is nomadic and lives mostly in airports and occasionally in New York, London, and Stockholm. She can be found at http://dymaxion.org.
Emi Kane has a background as a community organizer, educator, and journalist. She is a former National Steering Committee member for INCITE, a women of color anti-violence network, where she is a current member of the Media Working Group and works on the digital archives and oral history project. In Oakland, she has been leading community forums on violence prevention and alternatives to street-level surveillance and policing. She also works with educators and students to develop popular education tools that address the intersections between surveillance and social movements, focusing on the ways in which those issues impact communities of color, poor people, and LGBTQ communities.
Emmanuel Goldstein is the editor of 2600, organizer of the HOPE conferences, and host of WBAI's Off The Hook radio program. He never intended for any of this to happen.
Eric (XlogicX) Davisson
Eric (XlogicX) Davisson has obtained degrees in computer engineering, business, and criminal justice. He's recently obtained SANS certifications like GCIH and GCIA (incident handling and intrusion analyst, respectively), but he's no crime fighting businessman superhero with the superpower of alphabet soup trailing his name. He uses all of this knowledge in trade and for lulz. His interest is in the obscure. His favorite languages are assembly and Perl (because it treats regular expressions with the respect they deserve). Eric has been active in his local Phoenix 2600 community for well over a decade.
Eric Koeppen is a member of the IBM X-Force Advanced Research Team. After graduating from Texas Tech University, he went to work for the DoD in the field of information security. Later, he left government service to become a contractor working for the Air Force, as well as other DoD customers, still in the InfoSec industry. His main areas of interest are reverse engineering (especially firmware), vulnerability research, and tool development.
Eva Galperin is the International Freedom of Expression coordinator at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. She has worked for the EFF in various capacities for the last five years, applying her political science knowledge and technical background to organizing activism campaigns and doing education and outreach on intellectual property, privacy, and security issues. A lifelong geek, Eva misspent her youth working as a systems administrator all over Silicon Valley. Since then, she has seen the error of her ways and earned degrees in political science and international relations from SFSU. She comes to EFF from the U.S.-China Policy Institute, where she researched Chinese energy policy, helped to organize conferences, and attempted to make use of her rudimentary Mandarin skills. Her interests include aerials, rock climbing, opera, and not being paged at three in the morning because the mail server is down.
Finn Brunton is an assistant professor in media, culture, and communication at NYU Steinhardt. He is the author of Spam: A Shadow History of the Internet (MIT Press, 2013), Obfuscation: A User's Guide (with Helen Nissenbaum, forthcoming MIT 2015), and is researching a book on digital cash and cryptocurrencies.
Gabriella Coleman is an author and professor. Trained as an anthropologist, she holds the Wolfe Chair in Scientific and Technological Literacy at McGill University. Her research, teaching, and writing covers the ethics and politics of digital activism and computer hackers. Her first book, Coding Freedom: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Hacking, has been published with Princeton University Press, and her new book with Verso, Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy: The Story of Anonymous, will be out in November, 2014.
Garrett Robinson is the lead developer on SecureDrop. His interest in empowering whistleblowers through technology began when he was involved with environmental activism in Appalachia, and lead to the creation of a whistleblower submission site named Honest Appalachia. He currently works full time as a security and privacy engineer for Mozilla, and previously worked for the EFF.
Gaston Draque is a VoIP development and deployment specialist at Nexacomm, an IP telephony supplier. He is also a Digium certified Asterisk professional and is involved in the future of telephone switching technology via Internet Protocol.
Geoff Shively is a former Telecomix agent, company starter, and idea tinkerer.
Gillian (Gus) Andrews
Gillian (Gus) Andrews' peculiar career has been forged in the fires of HOPE, attending since 2002, speaking since 2006, and organizing since 2010. This has helped her into such fine messes as a doctorate on how people do and don't use web addresses to navigate online, a brief stint as a panelist on the radio show Off The Hook, interviewing Mitch Altman with puppets on her web series The Media Show, and her current position as the lead of Secure User Practices at the Open Internet Tools Project.
Greg Conti is an associate professor at West Point. He is the author of Security Data Visualization (No Starch Press) and Googling Security (Addison-Wesley), as well as over 60 articles and papers covering online privacy, usable security, security data visualization, and cyber warfare. He has spoken at numerous academic and hacker forums. His work can be found at www.gregconti.com.
Harlo Holmes is the 2014 Knight Mozilla Open News Fellow at the New York Times. She also is a research fellow and Head of Metadata for The Guardian Project (https://guardianproject.info), the open-source mobile security group.
Harry Halpin is team contact for the Web Cryptography and Social Web Working Group. He is also president of the board of LEAP (LEAP Encryption Access Project). He supports the freedom to protest, and so has had his laptop seized at the U.S. border and has been detained by FBI agents - and has spoken out on DRM being standardized at the W3C.
Howard Payne is an elevator consultant from New York specializing in code compliance and accident investigations. He has logged over 9,000 hours examining car tops, motor rooms, and hoistways in cases ranging from minor injuries to highly publicized fatalities, and has contributed to forensic investigations that have been recognized by local, state, and federal courts. Howard has appeared on national broadcast television making elevators do things they never should. When he's not riding up and down high-rise hoistways, he moonlights as a drum and bass DJ and semiprofessional gambler. His favorite direction is up and his favorite elevator feature is riot mode.
James Vasile directs the Open Internet Tools Project, which supports development of free software anti-censorship and anti-surveillance tools. He is a partner at Open Tech Strategies, which advises organizations and businesses as they navigate the open-source world. He is also a senior fellow at the Software Freedom Law Center, where he acts as a strategic advisor on a range of free software efforts. James has helped boot up a number of free software organizations, including the FreedomBox Foundation, Open Source Matters, and the Software Freedom Conservancy.
Jason Scott is a troublemaker. He makes up for being a troublemaker by being a really loud troublemaker. In cases where this is not warranted, he becomes a screaming ranting chair-throwing troublemaker. He runs textfiles.com, has made several documentaries, and is lightly amusing.
Jen Ellis is senior director of public and community affairs for Rapid7.
Jennifer Ortiz is a pharmacist and web developer with a special interest in toxicology. She graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a B.S. in electronic media arts and communication and a minor in computer science. She earned her Pharm.D. at Creighton University in 2012.
Jeremy Pesner specializes in issues of technology policy related to user-oriented innovation and collaboration. He maintains involvement with the Wikimedia Foundation, the Journal of Science Policy and Governance, FedScoop, and the STGlobal conference. He is a fellow of the StartingBloc Institute for Social Innovation and Internet Society Next Generation Leaders Programme).
Jesselyn Radack is a legal advisor to Edward Snowden and has represented many of the whistleblowers charged under the Espionage Act. She is the director of National Security and Human Rights at the Government Accountability Project (GAP), the nation's leading whistleblower organization. She has been at the forefront of the government's unprecedented "war on whistleblowers," which has also implicated journalists and hacktivists. Among her clients, she represents seven national security and intelligence community employees who have been investigated, charged, or prosecuted under the Espionage Act for allegedly mishandling classified information, including Edward Snowden, Thomas Drake, and William Binney. Previously, she served on the DC Bar Legal Ethics Committee and worked at the Justice Department for seven years, first as a trial attorney and later as a legal ethics advisor. She is author of TRAITOR: The Whistleblower and the "American Taliban." Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Guardian, The Nation, Salon, and numerous academic law reviews.
JGor has had a hand in running the Longhorn Lockpicking Club since its inception at the University of Texas at Austin in the fall of 2006. In addition to running the club, he organizes lockpick villages and events for various security conferences. By day he is a network security analyst for the university, where his physical hacking adventures have ranged from defeating locking manhole covers to cracking cryptographic RFID card-access systems.
Joe Fionda is a data intersectionality and privacy enthusiast who works as an actor, producer, and journalist. He is in the upcoming documentary called The Hacker Wars, premiering at the Toronto Film Fest in September, and has appeared on Boardwalk Empire, Law and Order: SVU, and Power, among others. He is a staunch defender of journalists and the 99 percent in the fight against income inequality.
Johannes Grenzfurthner is an artist, writer, curator, and director. He is the founder and artistic director of monochrom, an internationally-acting art and theory group. He holds a professorship for art theory and art practice at the University of Applied Sciences in Graz, Austria. He is head of the "Arse Elektronika" sex tech festival in San Francisco, host of "Roboexotica" (Festival for Cocktail-Robotics, Vienna and San Francisco), and just finished his first feature film (Die Gstettensaga: The Rise of Echsenfriedl). Recurring topics in Johannes' artistic and textual work are contemporary art, activism, performance, humor, philosophy, postmodernism, media theory, cultural studies, sex tech, popular culture studies, subversion, science fiction, and the debate about copyright and intellectual property.
John Huntington is a professor of entertainment technology at New York City College of Technology (Citytech/CUNY). He also works as an entertainment technology and show control systems consultant, author, and sound designer/engineer, and chases tornadoes in his free time, while blogging about entertainment technology at www.controlgeek.net.
Johnny Diggz is an entrepreneur, musician, filmmaker, and founder of Geeks Without Bounds. In 1995, he co-founded IRDG (Intergalactic Research and Development Group), which built the world's first Internet-based unified messaging platform, iPost. In 1999, he co-founded Voxeo Corporation and serves as chief evangelist for Voxeo Labs' flagship cloud communications platform, Tropo, and its community of over 250,000 developers. He produced the indie feature film, The Karaoke King, a musical comedy that premiered in 2007 at the Cinema City International Film Festival. Johnny is also a professional dueling piano player and will perform at the slightest arm-twist.
Jonathan Mayer is a lawyer and a computer scientist. He teaches at Stanford Law School and is a Ph.D. candidate in computer science at Stanford University. Jonathan was named one of the "Forbes 30 Under 30" in 2014 for his work on technology security and privacy. His research and commentary frequently appear in national publications, and he has contributed to federal and state policy making and law enforcement.
Jonathan Schiefer has been writing scripts since 2002. In 2010, he began making commercials and short films. He is now an independent filmmaker who believes the industry needs to change. He's doing his best to make that change a reality. Algorithm is his second feature-length movie.
Jonathan Zdziarski is considered to be among the foremost experts in iOS related digital forensics and security. As an iOS security expert in the field (sometimes known as the hacker NerveGas), his research into the iPhone has pioneered many modern forensic methodologies used today, and has been validated by the United States' National Institute of Justice. Jonathan has extensive experience as a forensic scientist and security researcher specializing in reverse engineering, research and development, and penetration testing, and has performed a number of red-team penetration tests for financial and government sector clients. He frequently consults with law enforcement and military on high profile cases and assists federal, state, and local agencies in their forensic investigations, and has trained many federal, state and local agencies internationally. He has written several books related to the iPhone including iPhone Forensics, iPhone SDK Application Development, iPhone Open Application Development, and his latest, Hacking and Securing iOS Applications.
Jos Weyers decided to do some training after ending second in the ongoing toool.nl competition four times in a row. Four hundred key blanks later, he slashed the then world record time of four minutes and 23 seconds to impression an Abus C83 (he did it in 87 seconds). He's the Dutch champion (two times in a row), and German Meister (that's champion in German, also twice), and current world record holder in this particular lock opening technique. Jos is the vice president of toool.nl. Most people know him as the Dutch kilt guy.
Josh Datko is the founder of Cryptotronix, LLC (www.cryptotronix.com), an open source hardware startup. He is also a submarine and Afghanistan veteran, and graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy.
Joshua Fried is a musician first and a coder second, or third. As composer, performer, and producer his work spans experimental music, DJ culture, and live art. He has remixed They Might Be Giants, drummed on electric shoes, and put headphones on downtown New York City's most mercurial stars. Fried has performed solo at Lincoln Center, The Kitchen, Danceteria, La MaMa, BAM, Joe's Pub, and le Poisson Rouge (all in New York City), as well as in Los Angeles, Miami, Tokyo, Berlin, Milan, Paris, and across Europe. His solo project, RADIO WONDERLAND, turns corporate media into recombinant funk, live in real time, and will perform at HOPE X. He teaches music technology at NYU.
Joshua Marpet is an adjunct professor at Wilmington University, where he teaches digital forensics, Linux, ethical hacking, and the ethics of information security, among other courses. He has been featured in Scientific American, the Miami Herald, Hurriyet News, Gizmodo, Techcrunch, EBRU-TV, and many other media outlets. Joshua is an internationally respected digital forensics expert and a former senior information security analyst for the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. He is also a former police officer from St. Tammany's Parish sheriff's office, and a former volunteer firefighter from New Jersey. In other words, he's done all of his childhood dream jobs except astronaut, and he's working on that!
Jurre van Bergen
Jurre van Bergen (Dr. Whax) is a software developer at Greenhost. He contributed to the technical realization of Publeaks and Wildleaks. He is one of the founders of Technologia Incognita, contributes to several software projects, is treasurer of Hart voor Internetvrijheid, and was one of the organizers of NoisySquare at OHM2013.
Kaliya "IdentityWoman" is the co-CEO of the Leola Group based in Oakland, California - a stealth startup focused on creating the decentralized semantic data technology. Prior to this, she founded the Personal Data Ecosystem Consortium (http://www.pde.cc), a network of startups around the world building tools for people to collect, manage, and get value from their personal data. She co-founded and continues to lead the twice a year Internet Identity Workshop (http://www.internetidentityworkshop.com), the world's leading innovation forum for user-centric identity and personal data technologies. She was born and raised in Vancouver, Canada. Her first career was as a water polo player and won a gold medal at the 1999 Pan-American Games.
Kaytee Nesmith is a user experience designer and researcher. By day, she leads mobile UX design for a prominent hospitality company; by night, she helps to make a handful of surveillance circumvention tools easier to use. She enjoys whiskey and syntactically significant whitespace.
Kevin Carter is a technologist, writer, and musician whose work has been featured at HOPE and Skytalks (Defcon 21). He has published work in 2600, The Fiction Circus, and Kerouac's Dog Magazine, and he is the host of a monthly multimedia literary reading in New York City called "Derangement of the Senses."
Kevin Chen is from Ottawa and is currently a masters student in McGill's bionanomachines program. His background in synthetic biology and DIYbio comes from leading award-winning teams in the iGEM (International Genetically Engineered Machine) competition while at Queen's University, and he also explores new ways of doing and sharing science while working for Synbiota, an online platform for collaborative and open science research.
Kevin Gallagher is a systems administrator and activist who is interested in privacy and freedom of information. After Barrett Brown's arrest, he created Free Barrett Brown, a support network, advocacy organization, and legal defense fund. To that end, he has been responsible for much of the public efforts that have been put forth regarding Brown's defense. He now works for Freedom of the Press Foundation.
Kristen Stubbs is a queer/pansexual roboticist who's more interested in people than in technology. Kristen earned her Ph.D. in robotics from Carnegie Mellon University in 2008. She runs the sex-positive startup Passionate Produce (passionateproduce.com), blogs about her own experiences with sexuality and pleasure (toymakerproject.com), and organizes a sex/kink-positive maker meetup group (teasecraft.com). Kristen's light-up dildo prototype "The Hammer" was awarded a Golden Kleene at Arse Elektronika 2012 and has been named the #1 Geekiest Sex Toy by Cracked.com.
Kurt Opsahl is a senior staff attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, focusing on civil liberties, free speech, and privacy law. He has counseled numerous computer security researchers on their rights to conduct and discuss research. Before joining EFF, Opsahl worked at Perkins Coie, where he represented technology clients with respect to intellectual property, privacy, defamation, and other online liability matters. In 2007, he was named as one of the "Attorneys of the Year" by California Lawyer Magazine for his work on the O'Grady v. Superior Court appeal, which established the reporter's privilege for online journalists.
Kurt Snieckus is an electrical engineer and part of NYC Meshnet. He wants the mesh to provide a cheap, safe, and reliable community network for distributed services as well as competition to traditional ISPs.
Ladar Levison is the founder of Lavabit, LLC. Founded in 2004 (and originally named Nerdshack), Lavabit served as a place for free private and secure email accounts. By August of 2013, Lavabit had grown to over 410,000 users, with more than 10,000 paid subscribers. He created Lavabit because he believes that privacy is a fundamental, necessary right for a functioning, fair, and free democracy. On August 8, 2013, he made the bold decision to shut down his business after "refusing to become complicit in crimes against the American people." Presently, he is serving as the project manager and lead architect for the Dark Mail Initiative, while continuing to vigorously advocate for the privacy and free speech rights of all Americans.
Lauren Pespisa is a Boston Web developer and activist currently involved with Project PM and the Barrett Brown case.
Lisha Sterling is the developer coordinator at Geeks Without Bounds, an accelerator that supports open source humanitarian projects through hackathons and mentorship. She has been a software developer for over 20 years and was the TA who helped develop and teach one of the first college level courses in political science about the Internet and its use in activism at College of Alameda in 1995.
Maka Muñoz is a feminist hacker and anthropologist who works in Mexico to strengthen autonomous communication.
Marc Rogers aka cyberjunky
Marc Rogers aka cyberjunky is an English hacker, director of SecOps for Defcon, and a past speaker/staff member for HOPE. These days, Marc works as principal security Rresearcher for Lookout.
Mark Fahey lives in Sydney, Australia and is a health informatics specialist who develops clinical solutions. His other current projects include Satdirectory (a free-to-air satellite directory), and MediaExplorer, a virtual travel guide to webcams and free-to-air digital satellite reception of information about remote lands and intriguing cultures.
Matt Blaze is a hacker, safecracker, and computer science professor at the University of Pennsylvania, where he studies surveillance, security, cryptography, and large-scale systems.
Matthew O’Gorman aka mog
Matthew O'Gorman aka mog is a free software advocate, having contributed to several projects: Asterisk, Erlang, ejabberd, Emacs, PAM, gEDA, etc. He is a free hardware enthusiast who started his own company (Meat Stand) and is a long standing board member of Makers Local 256, a hacker space in Huntsville, Alabama.
Maximus Clarke (http://maximusclarke.com) is a multimedia artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. His stereographic and video works have been featured in exhibitions at the Warhol Museum, the Clocktower Gallery, the Center for Holographic Arts, Radiator Gallery, Devotion Gallery, and elsewhere. He also creates electronic music, videos, and performances under the name Maxx Klaxon (http://klaxon.tv).
Micah Anderson is an activist who has been experimenting with technology to use it to create grassroots technology alternatives like riseup.net, Indymedia, Debian, and the LEAP project.
Michael Horowitz has been a computer nerd since 1974 when IBM mainframes were the only computers. He has blogged about defensive computing for many years (defensivecomputing.info) and is currently an independent consultant.
Michael Morisy is the cofounder of MuckRock, a crowdsourced news site that has filed over 8,000 public records requests everywhere from the FBI and NSA to the Wichita Kansas Police Department. Muckrock's investigations have shed light on domestic surveillance techniques, wasteful spending, and how science was rewritten in favor of tough-on-drugs politics.
Michael Ravnitzky is an attorney, engineer, and former journalist who has co-founded several First Amendment-related websites, including GovernmentAttic.org.
Michael Sikorski is a well-known expert in malware analysis and co-author of the No Starch Press book Practical Malware Analysis. He is a technical director at Mandiant, where he runs the malware analysis team. His previous employers include the National Security Agency and MIT Lincoln Laboratory. Mike frequently teaches reverse engineering to global audiences.
Miriam Dym is founder of Logo Removal Service and other disruptive art-business ventures. She has shown at museums and galleries in the U.S. and abroad, including the Brooklyn Museum of Art and SFMOMA. She has held residencies at The Watermill (Long Island, New York), Cite des Arts (Paris), and Stanford University Digital Art Center.
Nadim Kobeissi, originally from Lebanon, is a programmer and cryptography enthusiast whose work focuses on making encryption more accessible to people around the world. He created Cryptocat, one of the world's most popular encrypted chat solutions and a gold standard for easy-to-use private chat. Nadim is a member of the W3C's web cryptography working group and holds a double degree from Concordia University in Montreal. Currently, he acts as cryptography engineer at eQualitie for their DDoS mitigation platform.
Nadya Peek is a PhD student at the MIT Center for Bits and Atoms, and works on digital fabrication and technology for humans. Their projects include distributed control systems, foldable multipurpose fabrication tools, and reconfigurable machines for making.
Nate Cardozo is a staff attorney on the Electronic Frontier Foundation's digital civil liberties team. In addition to his focus on free speech and privacy litigation, Nate works on EFF's "Coders' Rights" project and "Who Has Your Back?" report. A 2009-2010 EFF Open Government Legal Fellow, Nate spent two years in private practice before returning to his senses and to EFF in 2012. Nate has a B.A. in anthropology and politics from U.C. Santa Cruz and a J.D. from U.C. Hastings where he has taught first-year legal writing and moot court. He brews his own beer, has been to India three times, and watches too much Bollywood.
Nicholas Merrill is the executive director of The Calyx Institute, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to educate the public about privacy in digital communications and to develop and test building blocks that service providers can use to build "privacy by design" into their service offerings. In a previous career, he was the president of Calyx Internet Access, one of the first ISPs in New York City, founded in 1994. He was the plaintiff in Doe v. Ashcroft - the first legal challenge to the USA PATRIOT Act's National Security Letters provision.
Nick Cano is a 21-year-old software enthusiast who has been making, breaking, hacking, and fixing software since the age of 12. He spends his weekdays working as a senior security engineer at Bromium, his weekends authoring a game hacking book for No Starch Press, and his nights developing and selling a bot for an online game.
Parker Higgins is an activist and blogger at EFF, working to advance policy and technology fixes to online freedom of speech and privacy violations. He was a leader of the San Francisco CryptoParty, and tweets at @xor.
Per Sjoborg runs a blog and a podcast focusing on self-reconfiguring modular robotics (SRCMR) at www.flexibilityenvelope.com. He also does general robotics interviews for www.robotspodcast.com. Per has been doing this since 2005 and attends many robotics conferences to learn more. He trained as a mechanical engineer with a focus on FEM calculation. He spent ten years as a programmer and ten years doing hands-on property management, and right now is in the process of starting a number of robotics related businesses to get some skin in the game.
Peter Bloom is a member of Rhizomatica (rhizomatica.org) and a community digital defense and autonomy advocate and scholar who lives in Oaxaca, Mexico.
Peter Eckersley is technology projects director for the Electronic Frontier Foundation. He keeps his eyes peeled for technologies that, by accident or design, pose a risk to computer users' freedoms - and then looks for ways to fix them. He explains gadgets to lawyers, and lawyers to gadgets. Peter's work at EFF has included privacy and security projects such as Panopticlick, HTTPS Everywhere, SSDI, and the SSL Observatory; helping to launch a movement for open wireless networks; fighting to keep modern computing platforms open; and running the first controlled tests to confirm that Comcast was using forged reset packets to interfere with P2P protocols. He holds a PhD in computer science and law from the University of Melbourne. His research focused on the practicality and desirability of using alternative compensation systems to legalize P2P file sharing and similar distribution tools, while still paying authors and artists for their work.
Peter Valdez is a programmer with the goal of using technology for good purposes. He manages and runs meetings for NYC Meshnet, a group dedicated to establishing New York City's own mesh network.
Phillip Hallam-Baker is a member of the original CERN team that designed the World Wide Web. Dr. Hallam-Baker is a leading designer of Internet security protocols. Standards based on his original work have been approved by IETF, W3C, and OASIS and are implemented in virtually every device that connects to the Internet.
Quinn Norton is a writer who likes to hang out in the dead end alleys and rough neighborhood of the Internet. She started studying hackers in 1995, after a wasted youth of Usenet and BBSing. She was Wired's correspondent on Anonymous and the Occupy movement in 2011 and 2012. These days, Quinn is a columnist for Medium and MaximumPC. She covers science, technology, copyright law, robotics, body modification, and medicine, but no matter how many times she tries to leave, she always comes back to hackers.
Ranga Krishnan is a Technology Fellow at the EFF. He works with the technology projects team to foster development and adoption of technologies that enhance privacy, freedom of expression and access to the Internet. He was formerly a principal engineer in Qualcomm's Office of the Chief Scientist. He is interested in open wireless networks, wireless mesh networks, and redesigning Internet services to enhance user security. Ranga studied electrical engineering at IIT, Madras, then indulged his passion for physics through graduate work at MIT and postdoctoral work at IAS, Princeton, NJ, before returning to the engineering fold.
Ray is a hacker and lockpicker from Germany. Besides having a master's degree in computer science and interests in Unix/Linux security, he's been collecting and picking all kinds of locks for over a decade and has given presentations in the Netherlands, Germany, and the United States on related topics. You may have seen his previous talks about locks and handcuffs at past HOPEs. Ray is also a founding member of his local CCC organization and leads the Munich chapter of Sportsfreunde der Sperrtechnik (SSDeV), Germany's largest LockSport group.
Ray Nowosielski lives in New York City where he works as a freelance producer for the Emmy nominated series Vice on HBO. In 2011, he was greeted with an outpouring of support after the CIA threatened him and his colleagues with prosecution under the Intelligence Identities Protection Act. He had contacted the agency requesting that two of their employees respond to serious allegations which were later detailed in a 90-minute Amazon-only "investigative podcast" entitled Who is Rich Blee? An advocate for government and corporate transparency and accountability, he has written for Salon and Truth-Out and contributed investigations to The Daily Beast and Gawker.
Richard Cheshire, known as The Cheshire Catalyst since his days of publishing the TAP Newsletter in the 1970s and 80s, is now retired in Florida where he has his very own area code (321), and watches satellites launch from the Canaveral Spaceport. He wants to share the Asterisk open source OS with the phreak community.
Richo Healey is a flat duck enthusiast hailing from Melbourne. In the past he's worked on everything from distributed systems to reverse engineering .Net assemblies, once even sinking so low as to boot a PHP vm inside of a goroutine. Nowadays, he focuses on platform security at Stripe.
Robert Graham is a foremost expert in deep packet inspection (DPI), having created the first intrusion prevention system (IPS) known as BlackICE Guard. These days, he's busy scanning the entire Internet with his tool "masscan."
Robert Steele, former spy, honorary hacker, and #1 Amazon reviewer for nonfiction, has also set the world record for Q&A at eight hours and one minute, going from midnight Saturday to 0801 Sunday at The Next HOPE (2010). In 2012, he was accepted by the Reform Party as a candidate for the presidency. The son of an oil engineer, he has lived all over the world, been a Marine Corps infantry officer, a CIA clandestine case officer, a founder of the Marine Corps Intelligence Center, and a CEO of both a for-profit (OSS.Net, closed in 2010) and a nonprofit (Earth Intelligence Network).
Ryan Lackey works on security products at CloudFlare, an edge network performance and security company. Previously, he founded HavenCo, the world's first offshore datahaven, and has worked as a defense contractor in Iraq and Afghanistan, and at various startups. He also founded CryptoSeal, a YC funded startup which was sold to CloudFlare in June 2014.
Sacha van Geffen
Sacha van Geffen is the managing director of Greenhost, a Dutch web hosting company dedicated to providing a sustainable Internet infrastructure and protecting digital civil rights. Sacha has a background in science and technology studies, artificial intelligence, and law. From this background, he can relate to the technical aspects as well as to the social and political aspects of technological change.
Sam Bowne has been teaching computer networking and security classes at CCSF since 2000. He has given talks at Defcon, BayThreat, LayerOne, Toorcon, and lightning talks at HOPE. He has a CISSP and a PhD and a lot of computers and cables and firewalls and stuff.
Sandra Goldmark is the cofounder of Pop Up Repair, an itinerant repair service for household items of all kinds. Founded and staffed by theater artists, the project provides an alternative to the cycle of use-and-discard consumer goods.
Sandra Ordonez is the former communications manager for Wikipedia, and external communications lead for Joomla.
Sandy Clark (Mouse)
Sandy Clark (Mouse) has been taking things apart since the age of two, and still hasn't learned to put them back together. She is a security researcher and Ph.D. candidate at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research focuses on understanding the mechanisms driving the computer security arms race and in modeling the cyber-security ecosystem. A founding member of TOOOL-USA, she also enjoys infrastructure hacking and exploring the myriad fascinating and unexpected ways that systems interact.
Sarah Zatko is a partner at L0pht Holdings LLC, the spin off from the L0pht that created the award winning password cracking tool L0phtCrack. She holds a degree in mathematics from MIT, and a Master's in computer science from Boston University. After working with various three letter agencies, she wanted to do something unequivocally "good" and has been visiting high schools and elementary schools representing "hacker" on career day. She's trying to convince her local library to let her teach a lockpicking workshop.
Sasha Costanza-Chock is a scholar, activist, and mediamaker who works in the areas of social movement communication, community-led design, and media justice. He is Assistant Professor of Civic Media at MIT's Comparative Media Studies/Writing, and is a faculty affiliate at the Center for Civic Media, the MIT Open Documentary Lab, and the Berkman Center for Internet and Society. He cofounded VozMob, leads the Vojo team, and sits on the board of Allied Media Projects.
Stephen Watt is the lead developer of Dark Mail's reference implementation. He is best known for his 2009 conviction for the TJ Maxx data breach. For merely writing a piece of software that was used by others to sniff customer data, he was given a two year federal prison sentence and ordered to pay $171.5 million in restitution. Because he refused to cooperate at all with the federal investigation into himself and his friends, he emerged from prison with his pride intact. Since his 2011 release, Watt has spoken at several security conferences about his extraordinary legal experience. By joining the Dark Mail initiative, he hopes to continue a lifelong pattern of developing massively disruptive software with complete indifference to getting rich from it.
Steve Rambam is the founder and CEO of Pallorium, Inc. (http://www.pallorium.com), a licensed investigative agency with offices and affiliates worldwide. He has coordinated investigations in more than 50 countries and in nearly every U.S. state and Canadian province. Steve has conducted or coordinated numerous foreign insurance-related investigations, including hundreds of homicide and "death claim" investigations, and a significant number of these cases have resulted in confessions, arrests, and prosecutions. He is perhaps best publicly known for his pro bono activities, which have included the investigation of nearly 200 Nazi collaborators and war criminals in the USA, Canada, Europe, and Australia. He has also coordinated efforts to expose terrorist groups' fundraising activities in the United States and has conducted investigations which resulted in the tightening of airport security in eight U.S. cities. Steve is currently co-authoring a non-fiction book, Stealing Your Own Identity, and he is the subject of a second non-fiction book, Rambam, P.I.
Tamara Munzner is a professor at the University of British Columbia Department of Computer Science and holds a PhD from Stanford. She has been active in visualization research since 1991 and has published over 50 papers and book chapters. She has worked on visualization projects in a broad range of application domains including genomics, evolutionary biology, geometric topology, computational linguistics, large-scale system administration, web log analysis, and journalism.
tante lives in the Internet and (under the alias Jürgen Geuter) in the German meatspace where he works at a small university. He's been writing about the future of us as networked beings and the way technology changes the (social) world on his blog (tante.cc) and other publications. Apart from thinking about the digital sphere, he likes monkeys.
Thomas Drake is a decorated U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy veteran, and was a senior executive and technical director for NSA's software engineering and implementation - where he discovered and blew the whistle on massive multi-billion dollar fraud, waste, and abuse; the failures that led to 9/11; and the widespread violations of citizens' rights through secret mass surveillance programs after 9/11. After years of addressing these issues in vain thorough official channels, Drake finally went to the press - and soon became the first whistleblower since Daniel Ellsberg in 1971 to be charged with espionage. He faced spending the rest of his life in federal prison for defending the Constitution. After refusing to testify against his colleagues and demanding a jury trial, the government's case of all ten felony counts collapsed in 2011 and he went free. Drake is the recipient of the 2011 Ridenhour Truth Telling Prize, a joint recipient with Jesselyn Radack of the 2011 Sam Adams Associates Integrity in Intelligence Award, and the 2012 Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Award. He has been keenly interested in the many developments within the hacker world over the years.
Tiffany Strauchs Rad
Tiffany Strauchs Rad is an attorney, professor, and senior computer security analyst who has spoken on reverse engineering and the Right To Repair Act. She is co-author of the book Security in 2020 and her security, legal, and policy research has been featured in publications and media such as 60 Minutes, Washington Times, NPR, MIT Technology Review, PC World, Popular Mechanics, Ars Technica, Der Spiegel, 2600: The Hacker Quarterly, CNN, Wired Magazine, Reuters, Huffington Post, and others.
Todd Fernandez is a hacker, a mechanical engineer, and a perpetual student. He also builds large 3D printers. His experience and interest in G-code does not originally come from 3D printers, but from the world of CNC milling machines. He is currently pursuing a PhD in engineering education and teaches classes on machining for fun.
Todd Sundsted is a professional programmer, a writer, and an entrepreneur who has been building software for over 20 years. He currently lives in New York City, has worked for companies ranging in size from Bloomberg LP (big) to SumAll (small), and has worked on everything from programming languages, to mobile applications, to infrastructure, storage, and scaling.
Tom Keenan learned to program in FORTRAN and assembly language in the 1960s at a secure computer facility in New York City, presumably to help America fight the post-Sputnik Russian menace. Instead, he was often seen around the early 2600 meetings and also playing with pay telephones. He went on to a respectable career as a computer science professor and technology journalist in Canada. He has interviewed interesting people from John Draper (Cap'n Crunch) to Arthur C. Clarke to FBI, NSA and State Department officials. In addition, he co-wrote the award-winning CBC Radio series Crimes of Future. He also helped design Canada's first computer crime laws and is a fellow of several prestigious societies. Currently professor of environmental design at the University of Calgary, he is the author of the new book: Technocreep.
TProphet, also known as The Telecom Informer, is a regular columnist for 2600: The Hacker Quarterly. As a young phreak, he began exploring the world through the phone system. He has now visited all seven continents and writes the popular Seat31B travel blog.
Trevor Timm is a co-founder and the executive director of the Freedom of the Press Foundation. He is a writer, activist, and legal analyst who specializes in free speech and government transparency issues. He writes a weekly column for The Guardian and has also contributed to The Atlantic, Al Jazeera, Foreign Policy, Harvard Law and Policy Review, PBS MediaShift, and Politico.
Vincent Lai has been leading the Fixers' Collective, a project-in-residence at the Proteus Gowanus gallery in Brooklyn, since 2010. While he loves to fix and tinker, he's still interested in all opportunities to learn a new and novel way to fix anything. He remembers his first computer, a TRS-80 Model I, and his first HOPE in 2000.
Vivien Lesnik Weisman
Vivien Lesnik Weisman is the director of the new film The Hacker Wars, a feature length documentary about the targeting of hactivists by the U.S. government. The film is in post-production. Her last film, Man of Two Havanas, was met with critical acclaim and has gone on to win many prestigious awards throughout the world. She is also a regular contributor to The Huffington Post.
Wil Lindsay is a hardware hacker, media artist, and educator living in central Pennsylvania. Much of his work revolves around the development of unconventional open-source production tools, used internationally by artists and musicians. Publicly released projects include: oneString, an open-source USB synth controller; the Bliptronome, an open-source port of the Monome controller to a $50 toy; and the YM_MINI, a DIY MIDI synthesizer based on the sound chip from the Atari ST. Information on his exhibitions, performances, and project releases can be found at www.straytechnologies.com.
William Budington is a web application architect at the EFF, and one of the core developers of SecureDrop, an anonymous document submission platform. He is a member of the W3C Web Cryptography Working Group, and is excited to see the web grow as a platform for cryptographic applications.
Willow Brugh is the director of Geeks Without Bounds, an accelerator for humanitarian projects. Previous endeavors include being co-founder of Seattle makerspace Jigsaw Renaissance, the hackerspace collaboration initiative Space Federation, and the response-development competition GameSave. Years of participation in the hacker and makerspace community have created purpose towards distributed systems, engaged citizens, and mutual aid. With heavy involvement in Maker Faire, Random Hacks of Kindness, and the SpaceApps Challenge, Willow's main skill is "getting out of the way."
Yan Zhu is a staff technologist at EFF, specializing in projects to protect Internet users' privacy and maximize the use of encryption on the web. She is the lead maintainer of EFF's browser security extension, HTTPS Everywhere.
Zimmer Barnes views the world through the lens of being raised by an antigovernment activist and has spent several years in the vigilante underground. He has been involved with multiple vigilante operations and has observed, aided, and led a wide variety of missions. He has been featured on Wired's "Danger Room" blog, as well as the HBO documentary Superheroes. Zimmer also helped provide security and medical aid during the Occupy Wall Street protests in Zuccotti Park.