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Bruce Schneier - Reconceptualizing Security

Bruce Schneier

Security is both a feeling and a reality.  You can feel secure without actually being secure, and you can be secure even though you don't feel secure.  In the industry, we tend to discount the feeling in favor of the reality, but the difference between the two is important.  It explains why we have so much security theater that doesn't work, and why so many smart security solutions go unimplemented.  Several different fields -- behavioral economics, the psychology of decision making, evolutionary biology -- shed light on how we perceive security, risk, and cost.  Learn how perception of risk matters and, perhaps more importantly, learn how to design security systems that will actually get used.

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Bruce Schneier is an internationally renowned security technologist and author. Described by The Economist as a "security guru," Schneier is best known as a refreshingly candid and lucid security critic and commentator. When people want to know how security really works, they turn to Schneier.

His first bestseller, Applied Cryptography, explained how the arcane science of secret codes actually works, and was described by Wired as "the book the National Security Agency wanted never to be published." His book on computer and network security, Secrets and Lies, was called by Fortune "[a] jewel box of little surprises you can actually use." His current book, Beyond Fear, tackles the problems of security from the small to the large: personal safety, crime, corporate security, national security.

Schneier also publishes a free monthly newsletter, Crypto-Gram, with over 130,000 readers. In its seven years of regular publication, Crypto-Gram has become one of the most widely read forums for free-wheeling discussions, pointed critiques, and serious debate about security. As head curmudgeon at the table, Schneier explains, debunks, and draws lessons from security stories that make the news. Regularly quoted in the media, Schneier has written op ed pieces for several major newspapers, and has testified on security before the United States Congress on many occasions.

Stormy Peters - Would you do it again for free?

Stormy Peters

One of the things about the open source community that continues to baffle those non-open source people is, "why do you do it?"  Open source developers work on open source software for a number of reasons from scratching an itch to gaining a reputation to building a resume to contributing to a good cause.  The interesting problem comes when money enters into the equation.  Research shows that when someone works on something for free (for internal rewards) if you start paying them you replace those internal rewards.  Then if you stop paying them, they will stop working on it.  Does that hold true for open source software?  Are commercial companies killing open source by paying people to work on it?


Stormy Peters joined OpenLogic from Hewlett-Packard (HP) where she founded and managed the Open Source Program Office. As an early adopter of open source, Stormy was responsible for HP's open source strategy, policy and business practices. She was also a founding member of HP's Linux Division.

Stormy is a frequent keynote speaker on business aspects of open source software at major conferences such as the Open Source Business Conference and the O'Reilly conferences. She has addressed the United Nations, European Union and various U.S. state governments on open source software. Stormy is a co-founder of the non-profit GNOME Foundation, which is based on open source principles to encourage the development of a computing platform, comprised of free software, for use by the general public.

Stormy is constantly seeking new adventures. She has lived north of the Arctic Circle, traveled around the world solo and, most impressively, taught classes to twenty-two eight year olds.

Anthony Baxter - Two Snake Enter, One Snake Leave?

Anthony BaxterThe next year will see not one, but two new major releases of Python. Python 2.6 and Python 3.0 are both on the way in 2008.

Python 3.0 is the first non-backwards-compatible version of Python. We're taking the opportunity to strip out much of the cruft and duplication that's built up over the 15 years of Python's development. A large amount of existing code will have to be modified to work with Python 3.0.

There will also be the next release of the existing 2.x series of Python, 2.6. This version maintains backwards compatibility with older versions while also adding features to make the migration to 3.0 easier.

In this talk, I'll discuss what's happening with Python 2.6 and 3.0, concentrating on how you can migrate your code. I'll cover the new features added to 2.6, the automated conversion tools and the changes to 3.0 that will break your code.

In this talk, I'll also be talking about how the sky is not, in fact, falling.


Anthony has been involved in the open-source community for more than a decade, largely working in Python and, in the last few years, on Python. He's worked in the Internet area and in the telco space, where he gets to exercise his incredibly short attention span by working on far far too many things at once. He's written or contributed to more open source projects than he can remember - mostly related to networking and protocol implementations.

He's currently the release manager for Python. This is much less glamorous than you might think. After a number of years working for a travel-based telephone company, he's recently started working for Google Australia.

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