DEF CON wants to help hackers anonymously submit bugs to the government: Let's discuss.
Here’s the use case. You learn of a problem with a government system or some technology, and you want to do the right thing. You want to get the information into the right hands, but you’d be more comfortable sharing if you knew you couldn’t be identified as the messenger of the problem. Sound familiar?
This very problem has been the subject of a years-long conversation in the space between government and independent security research. The goal is to create a sturdy, anonymous system for hackers and researchers that shares your tip directly with the part of government that needs to know, and keeps you out of the equation. This is your chance to be part of the conversation. Join The Dark Tangent, the NYT’s Runa Sandvik, Leviathan’s Corbin Souffrant, SOFWERX and The Donovan Groups Pablo Breuer, the ACLU’s Jennifer Granick and the DHS CISA Christopher Krebs and have your voice heard.
Be there Friday at 09:00 in Track 1!
Check it all out!
Can you feel that? It’s getting close now. Just a few weeks. Time to get your pre-con recon together.
To that end, we’ve got a lot of stuff on defcon.org ready to help you. You need maps? We got maps. You want to know the lowdown on contests? Villages? It’s in there. Parties, Demo Labs, Talks, everything you could want, just waiting for you to check on it.
And if any of that leaves you with questions, or suggestions, or the sudden urge to communicate, please stop by the DEF CON Forums, where the forum elves have thoughtfully left you a thread for just about any con topic you can conjure.
Let’s DO this thing, people.
All DEF CON 27 Speakers are Live!
DEF CON 27 is another step closer: speaker selection is complete! The speaker page has the full lineup waiting for your careful examination. Your planning can now begin in earnest.
We’d like to thank everyone who submitted presentations this year - Getting the speaker list into its final form is never easy, largely because of how many great submissions we get.
Also, much respect to the CFP review board, who must read through the tsunami of submissions, assist the promising and make the hard cuts. This is high-effort, low-visibility work, but anyone who’s ever been inspired by a DEF CON talk owes them some love.
It’s time to get psyched, people. The time of our reunion approaches.
Short Story Contest Winners Announced!
Congratulations to the winners of the DEF CON 27 Short Story Contest!
from the official thread on the DEF CON forums:
"In FIRST place we have "Dye Sublimation" by Selene Sun! We loved the quick, well-told, and charming story about taking chances.
In SECOND place is "Parsnips" by David Hash Miller (@DavidHashMiller), a fun and creative romp with nanotechnology. Congrats!
People's Choice award goes to "Red Balloons Over China" by FengJiu! It was a hard choice, but it won majority vote amongst our judges for this year. What a wild and wonderful story that gives hope for tomorrow!
While we couldn’t give out badges to everyone, we absolutely loved all of the entries and highly encourage folks to go out and read them all! Congrats to our winners and thank you to everyone for making choosing just a few so difficult."
Consider reading these a DC27 homework assignment. Stop by the forum thread and show a little love for the literary champions of DEF CON 27.
Plan your DEF CON 27 on the DEF CON Forums
We’re getting into the home stretch, people! Less than two months until the doors open on DEF CON 27.
Please stop by our newly revamped DEF CON Forums for info, answers and discussions of all things DC27. While it’s true that the forums are still in beta, they’re also the perfect place to connect directly to the event organizers and attendees with your specific concerns or recommendations. You’ll be helping us smooth the rough edges, and we’ll help you get the most out of your Con experience. Wins all around.
A new feature you might find useful is the con calendar, with the dates of major DEF CON deadlines like calls and village CFPs, all right there to keep you on track!
Two months is nothing, Welcome to DEF CON season!
DEF CON China Live Music Event!
After a hectic day of hacking and mind expansion, it can be very therapeutic to clear the head by vigorously shaking the booty. 4 out of 5 doctors recommend the DEF CON China Live Music lineup to their patients.* It’s all going down the night of June 1, and the lineup is awesome. Prepare for a "crossover experience involving sound and light installation, immersive stage, technology and art.” You can learn all about the artists participating on the DEF CON China Entertainment Page.
If you can be there, be there.
*Ok, the doctors didn’t say that, but probably just because we didn’t ask. If we did, we feel pretty sure all five would have told you to join us.
DEF CON China 1.0: Open Calls for Participation!
DEF CON China 1.0 is getting closer, so it's time to get involved! Here are the many Calls for Participation that opened today:
Workshops: If you've got teaching skills and some cool hacker knowledge to share with the DC China attendees, pitch it to us. We're looking for technical, unique content, and we know you're out there.
Demo Labs: This call is for anyone with an open source project you'd like to demonstrate to the public. It's a great way to get feedback on your work, find collaborators and see your ideas in use by the target audience.
Villages: Villages are all-day, hands-on spaces dedicated to a specific area of hacking.
Contests and Events: Hackers need to have fun, too. If you have a clever competition idea or an entertainment proposal, this is for you. Some of the more famous previous contests and events at DEF CON are the Scavenger Hunt and the Wireless Capture the Flag contest. If your idea is good, we'll help you get it realized.
DEF CON belongs to the community, and the best way to feel a part of that community is to join in and help build. We can't wait to see what kind of ideas you've got!
Call for Workshops at DEF CON 27!
Boom! Another DEF CON 27 Call goes live!
Our wildly popular Workshops are back for DC27, and if you’ve got a fire abstract you could be leading one!
The details and submission guidelines are on the workshops page, but the tl;dr is this:
You (singular or plural) have he perfect idea for a DEF CON training.
You take this idea and submit it to us before May 1, with all the information we ask for in the workshops page.
We are psyched about the magnificence of your idea and we maybe ask for some more info.
We allot you a projector, a whiteboard and a time slot to make magic with at DC27.
Dozens of hackers pick up what you’re putting down, depart the Con wiser and embiggened.
You feel awesome. They feel awesome. Your Speaker badge looks awesome.
Sounds good, right? If you’ve got the goods, get busy submitting.
DEF CON 27 CFP is Open!
Yes, hacker fam, the Season of the Con is upon us all. Our elite team of reviewers is standing by, ready to examine your proposals for DC27 talks, offer feedback and begin shaping the speaking tracks.
The details are here. Follow directions carefully to stay in the good pile.
Some pro tips:
Link to the theme if you can. We are giving a little extra consideration to proposals that can link DC27’s 'Technology’s Promise' motif.
Get on it ASAP. The reviewers can sometimes help get a worthy though undercooked idea over the finish line, but only if it arrives early enough. Once we get in the red zone you’re kind of on your own, so don’t wait until the last minute.
However it feels right now, summer will be upon us sooner than you think. Get your best ideas together and let’s get busy proposing.
DEF CON China Returns! CFP is Open!
DEF CON China was a great success, and we’re happy to announce that DEF CON is returning to Beijing for DEF CON CHINA 1.0 on 31 May - 02 June 2019!
Today we are opening up the CFP for DEF CON China 1.0 If you’d like to apply to be a speaker, https://defcon.org/html/dc-china-1/dc-cn-1-cfp.html has all the information you’ll need to make a submission. We look forward to your proposals.
The DEF CON China 1.0 website will launch soon, with more information about the venue, and more ways to participate.
We’re very pleased to be bringing DEF CON back to Beijing, and we hope to see you there!
去年办DEF CON China的反应如此热烈，我们将凯旋而归，在今年5月31日至6月2日号举办DEF CON CHINA 1.0！
DEF CON CHINA 1.0的官网将会有对于会议更多的详情及参与的资料。请拭目以待！
DEF CON 27 Call for Villages!
It’s officially DEF CON 27 Open Call season, and we have a nice big one for you today: the Call for Villages is officially open!
Did you look at last year’s 20+ villages and say to yourself, “You know what Village they really need”? Have you been sitting on an idea you know could change the Village game? This is your moment. Share it with us, and if we agree with you we’ll help you make it happen.
A word to the wise, however. The Villages are a lot of work. They require a lot of planning and thinking through, and a lot of personnel support. If you want a chance at getting your idea on, it’s in your interest not to wait until the deadline. The sooner you get in touch, the more we can help. Procrastinating entrants will be fighting for limited space and limited attention from the team making the decisions. Don’t let that be you.
The rules and regulations are available online, and our operators are standing by. Get your ideas together, assemble your team and let’s do this one big.
That rumble you’re feeling? It’s the DEF CON machinery coming online for 2019. Feel free to get psyched.
DEF CON 27 Theme guide!
Tidings of comfort and joy, luminous humans of DEF CON! It’s almost 2019, which means we’re that much closer to DC27.
In anticipation, we’ve created a little 'Technology’s Promise' ePub with homework assignments for the eager, and color and style suggestions for those of you looking to create themed content.
There will be plenty more prompts and inspirations in the coming days, but we encourage you dig in and start preparing. Marinate.
As always, we thank the whole community for the love and enthusiasm you bring to all things DEF CON. We love you right back.
Big things are brewing, y’all. Let’s get it underway!
DEF CON 27 Theme!
Preparations are well underway for DEF CON 27. Meetings are being met, plans are being planned, and the theme is ready for its unveiling.
DEF CON 26 was about the inflection point between disorder and dystopia - the moment before point of no return. This year's theme, in a way, responds to '1983' with new questions. What does it look like when we make the better choice? What kind of world do we hack together in the sunniest timeline? How does our real best-case scenario compare to the future we've been dreaming of for generations?
So, we offer you 'Technology's Promise'. It's a break from the dystopian imagery into a major-key, blue-sky thoughtscape, full of color and light. It's a future where we have tamed some of the more intractable problems that plague us in the present, where technology supports and inspires instead of controlling and surveilling.
To get you in the proper mindset, here's some media to sample:
Star Trek TOS - because the series is based on a future Earth that has learned to manage itself, make working alliances with neighbors and turn its attention to the disciplined exploration of the broader universe. Also LCARS is still cool.
Asimov's Robot series - a future where humankind has built AI android tech that supports rather than supplants humanity, and (usually) behaves itself admirably.
BioShock - a genuinely thought-provoking game about the promises and limits of tech-based utopia.
Kraftwerk, Com Truise, Tangerine Dream - the beautiful sounds of our neon future, rendered in the gorgeously synthesized tones that can only come from the fruitful marriage of human and machine.
We'll be posting more of this as DC27 approaches. Lots more. This is going to be fun.
Join us, won't you?