Don't Take Their Word For It: Open Source Communities and Secure, Trustworthy Technology

Session Speaker(s): 
Saturday, November 8 2014
Room: The Theater
Time: 11:00am - 12:00pm

Every week brings a new example of a breakdown at the nexus of technology and trust.  Whether it's vulnerabilities like Heartbleed or mass violations like the Snappening, the broader public is growing more and more cynical about whether tech can be trusted for personal data and activities - all at a time when it's becoming nearly impossible to do otherwise.  Do we just write this off and say goodbye to democracy, privacy, and freedom of expression?  Or can we, the toolmakers, figure out better ways of working as a community of Open Source communities, to restore the confidence every citizen deserves in the tech they depend upon?  To restore their digital sovereignty?


About the Speaker

Brian Behlendorf, of Mithril, EFF, Mozilla, Benetech, is a technologist, computer programmer, and an important figure in the open-source software movement. He was a primary developer of the Apache Web server, the most popular web server software on the Internet, and a founding member of the Apache Group, which later became the Apache Software Foundation. Behlendorf served as President of the Foundation for three years. Behlendorf has served on the board of the Mozilla Foundation since 2003, Benetech since 2009 and the Electronic Frontier Foundation since 2013.