Last Updated 07.04.01

DEF CON Nine will be July 13th - 15th, 2001, in Las Vegas, Nevada USA
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Because of the problems last year associated with the media DEF CON has established a set of guidelines everyone with a media recording device must agree to.

Ok so here is the score. DEF CON will allow press people into the common areas.  These areas include the Capture the Flag areas, Vendor areas, DJ / Rave rooms.  If you are in one of these areas it is your responsibility to be aware of and avoid the cameras.  Short of banning all recording devices and strip searching every attendees, we see no other alternative.

This means..
Everyone with a recording device will respect people who request not to be filmed or photographed.  DEF CON will allow press into the speaking areas to only film the speakers, and we will rigorously enforce this rule. If anyone, including attendees, is found to be recording or photographing people who do not wish to be, they will be removed from the convention and must surrender their recording media/film for erasure of the offending content.  This rule is the result of (a) too many camera men trying to sneak an audience shot in with out notifying the crowd or (b) one too many camera men walking around pretending their camera was off when in reality they were "secretly" recording the attendees.

All speaker presentations are copyright Def Con Communications. Anyone filming or recording these presentations must receive official permission to redistribute or rebroadcast any portion of said content.

All staff are there for the protection of the attendees and the press. Last year an errant camera man decided to ignore a staff member and  was almost flattened by a rampaging cDc gorilla (yes it's true).  We want to prevent issues like this from arrising again. We won't bother you with trivial stuff, but we are trying to prevent the attendees from getting pissed off at us and the media.

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There will be press rooms available and a schedule of when speakers and others are available for interviews.  Video crews can set up in the provided press rooms and conduct interviews.  The Sound of Knowledge will be be recording all the speakers, and this stock footage can be bought cheaply the day of the show.
DEF CON REGISTERED PRESS GUIDELINES
INTRODUCTION

Hello and Welcome to DEF CON Nine. If you're reading this sheet of paper, you are applying for a press pass at this year's show. Press registration is open to any member of the broadcast, print and Internet media (book authors included) who can prove they work for an organization or publication that covers computer security on a regular basis. 

We welcome anyone to apply for a press pass but reserve the right to deny you a pass. As such, please be prepared to show us copies of your articles either at your publication's Web site or on the publication's masthead should we request it. Please be able to present a business card and contact information for your assignment editor should we need it to validate your credentials before issuing you a pass. 

REQUIREMENTS

Due to the obscene amount of journalists in past years, we are now requiring that all DEF CON attendees pay the $50 entry fee - press included. If you are issued press credentials, they are simply for the purpose of identifying yourself as a member of the press to possible interviewees and conference staff. Attendees will be told not to trust anyone claiming to be a journalist without DEF CON press badges because those people have not been properly credentialed.

If you are issued a press pass, please make sure it is visible at all times. Due to situations in the past where people have given their press passes to other attendees, you may be asked at random by DEF CON staff to present a photo ID and/or business card to validate you. Since these are the same credentials needed to be issued a press pass, you need to have them on-hand at all times.

Please respect the privacy of the attendees. If they give you information that normally only be given as background, please verify it as printable/broadcastable. Many of the attendees are juveniles and may have no previous experience talking to the media. We'd appreciate your cooperation in not exploiting this fact.

Should you be caught giving your press badge to a non-credentialed attendee (or violating rules set by DEF CON conference staff) you will be escorted off the premises and asked not to return.

SPECIAL BROADCAST MEDIA REQUESTS

If you are a member of the broadcast media (radio or television), please respect any requests from attendees not to be photographed, filmed or recorded. Broadcast journalists will have free reign in the common areas - the Capture the Flag areas, Vendor areas, and DJ / Rave rooms.

However, this means DEF CON staff will only allow broadcast media into the speaking areas to film speakers and will rigorously enforce this rule. If anyone, including attendees, is found to be recording or photographing people who do not wish to be, they will be removed from the convention and must surrender their recording media/film for erasure of the offending content. 

This rule is the result of (a) too many camera men trying to sneak an audience shot in without notifying the crowd or (b) one too many camera men walking around pretending their camera was off when in reality they were "secretly" recording the attendees. 
 

DEF CON staffers are here for the protection of the attendees and press. Last year an errant camera man decided to ignore a staff member and  was almost flattened by a rampaging cDc gorilla (yes it's true).  We want to prevent issues like this from arrising again. We won't bother you with trivial stuff, but we are trying to prevent the attendees from getting pissed off at us and the media.

AMENITIES

There will be a press area containing a press room with telephones and Internet access as well as a schedule of sessions and events.  There will be a few rooms available for recording interviews - please let us know if you need access to such a room. Due to limited access of these rooms, some groups may need to "share" time.

To make it easier to interview the more popular speakers, we will be holding several press conferences. A separate schedule is available at registration and in the main press room. If you have a speaker you'd like to interview, please let us know and we will do our best to locate them. However due to the amount of attendees at DEF CON this is often extremely difficult and we recommend you try to connect with said speaker shortly after their talk.

The Sound of Knowledge will be be recording all the speakers, and this stock footage can be bought cheaply the day of the show.

IMPORTANT NOTE

As part of your press registration, please read these guidelines and sign the sheet at the registration table. This certifies that you read and will abide by these guidelines and will allow us to keep you informed of future DEF CON shows.

CONTACT

Should you have any questions, problems or requests during DEF CON, please contact B.K. DeLong - +1.617.877.3271. He is staying in the Alexia Park Hotel.

 
Sponsors
DEF CON does not accept sponsorship at this time.
 
Table / Booth Space
If you want a table to sell you shirts / hats / gear / whatever you should know a few things. Because DEF CON draws so many people it is a good place to sell stuff.  However, it took a lot of energy and time to make it that way.
 
  • If you want to sell stuff of any quantity it will cost $300 for a table for three days. More tables = more money.
  • If you just have some CDs and want to promote your group, hand out fliers, run a contest, etc. then it is free.

  • Basically if you are planning to make money at the show, it will cost you for a table.  Bring cash or cash like things (Money Order, Cashiers check, etc.) and get a table.  Set up starts Thursday evening.  First come, first served.  Sorry it has to be this way, but in the past we felt like we were being taken advantage of.