The Tech Policy Grind Goes to Hacker Summer Camp [Episode 14]

Tech Policy Grind
Tech Policy Grind
The Tech Policy Grind Goes to Hacker Summer Camp [Episode 14]

The Tech Policy Grind hits the road once more: this time, to head to Hacker Summer Camp! In this episode, Reema and ILPF Class 4 Director of Operations, Grant Versfeld head to some of the world’s largest cybersecurity conferences: RSA Conference and DEFCON. Tune in to hear them chat with attendees on what’s going on in the world of cybersecurity.

So what is hacker summer camp anyways? DEFCON is one of many conferences that comprise the so-called “hacker summer camp” that takes place every August in Las Vegas, bringing together thousands of technical and policy experts to discuss new developments in cybersecurity.

Grant is a US-based security engineer focusing on threat analysis and incident response. He currently works in a technical capacity for a major tech company and previously received his B.S. in Computer Science from Tufts University. During his studies, he was a teaching assistant at The Fletcher School and interned with the Center for Democracy and Technology. In his free time, Grant volunteers with an organization that provides security and privacy services to survivors of intimate partner violence.

Our interviewees include policy experts at DC-based think-tanks, newcomers to the cybersecurity space, and cybersecurity researchers entering the legal profession. Below are the names and affiliations of this episode’s guests:

Weijia Yan – Student, Carnegie Mellon University

Emma – Law Student and Technical Security Engineer

Safa Shahwan Edwards – Deputy Director, Atlantic Council Cyber Statecraft Initiative

Mike Sexton – Senior Policy Advisor for Cyber, Third Way National Security Program

Note: All participants in this podcast episode joined in personal capacities; their questions and comments do not necessarily represent the views of their affiliated organization(s).