A list of my featured talks.
We write documentation to help our colleagues and users find their way through our systems - but your carefully-crafted documentation can also help attackers learn what your systems do, and give them unintentional pointers on where to start breaking it.
Smart devices have been permitted to measure many aspects of our everyday lives, but without a strong grounding in the ways that human measurements have been used and abused in a pre-smartphone era, we risk retreading some of the more sinister paths history has drawn us down.
Every organisation's infrastructure has its shadow, the unofficial system of servers, accounts, and hardware that crisscrosses and bypasses the sanctioned pathways. This talk is a space for both confession and redemption: in it, we will delve into the psychology that leads to the development of shadow IT, the opportunities that can grow out of this corporate underground, and how to get these systems out of the shadows and into the light.
A tale of a two hundred year old method for fighting the surveillance state, based on the advocacy led by 19th century scientists to abolish the domestic use of arsenic. This talk offers advice on how to help everyday people have more power over their own information and how to sustain hope for the future.
This talk provides an overview of the latest urban camouflage technology and how to deploy it in order to foil facial recognition. We'll dive into the ethics of biometric identification, the way current legislation affects this technology, and what is needed for facial recognition technology to be both useful and just.
This is a tale of long-winded rants, spectacular sideburns, and gentlemen scientists behaving badly. It is also a lesson about the importance of honest reflection in technical teamwork.
Outside of 'Black Mirror' episodes and art installations, the question of personal data and digital legacies is rarely seriously considered. This talk is a space to take stock of how the software we write today could be used in fifty years, and what design decisions we should make to ensure we can respect the wishes of the dead.
This is a tale of business secrets, flame wars, stage magic, and magnificent sideburns, direct from the records of Edwardian England.