The Tech Policy Grind Goes to Hacker Summer Camp [S3E14]

Tech Policy Grind
Tech Policy Grind
The Tech Policy Grind Goes to Hacker Summer Camp [S3E14]

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? Every August, hackers from all over the world convene in Las Vegas for a series of cybersecurity conferences, dubbed “hacker summer camp.” DEFCON is one of these conferences, bringing together thousands of technical and policy experts to discuss new developments in cybersecurity.

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

A little more about Grant: he’s 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. Grant also volunteers with an organization that provides security and privacy services to survivors of intimate partner violence.

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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).