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SXSW 2020

How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Hacker

What happens when hackers turn their ethos and skills toward influencing public policy? Over the past few years, several prominent members of the hacker community have acted as translators and ambassadors to the public policy community. As our dependence on connected technology grows faster than we can secure it, the need for effective and technically literate public policy leadership has never been more critical. DC needs more hacker ambassadors to serve a receptive public policy audience. Our panel of hackers and public policy leaders will break down what it’s like to be leading the way, why, how, and where we’ve been successful - and what more is needed.

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  1. Hackers can - and are - influencing important public policy discussions.
  2. Tensions between the hacker and government/policy communities have thawed in recent years.
  3. Policymakers want to make the right decisions and are willing to engage in good faith.



Beau Woods, Cyber Safety Advocate, I Am The Cavalry

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Government & Politics
  • Level: Beginner
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