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Speakers Censored at AISA Conference in Melbourne

Two speakers were censored at the Australian Information Security Association's annual conference this week in Melbourne. Thomas Drake, former NSA employee and whistleblower, was scheduled to give a talk on the golden age of surveillance, both government and corporate. Suelette Dreyfus, lecturer at the University of Melbourne, was scheduled to give a talk on her work -- funded by the EU government -- on anonymous whistleblowing technologies like SecureDrop and how they reduce corruption in countries where that is a problem.

Both were put on the program months ago. But just before the event, the Australian government's ACSC (the Australian Cyber Security Centre) demanded they both be removed from the program.

It's really kind of stupid. Australia has been benefiting a lot from whistleblowers in recent years -- exposing corruption and bad behavior on the part of the government -- and the government doesn't like it. It's cracking down on the whistleblowers and reporters who write their stories. My guess is that someone high up in ACSC saw the word "whistleblower" in the descriptions of those two speakers and talks and panicked.

You can read details of their talks, including abstracts and slides, here. Of course, now everyone is writing about the story. The two censored speakers spent a lot of the day yesterday on the phone with reporters, and they have a bunch of TV and radio interviews today.

I am at this conference, speaking on Wednesday morning (today in Australia, as I write this). ACSC used to have its own government cybersecurity conference. This is the first year it combined with AISA. I hope it's the last. And that AISA invites the two speakers back next year to give their censored talks.

EDITED TO ADD (10/9): More on the censored talks, and my comments from the stage at the conference.

Slashdot thread.

World’s top 25 CTF teams to battle for $100,000 at HITB PRO CTF

In less than a month, Hack In The Box is launching its biggest global event: HITB+CyberWeek 2019. It is a week-long gathering (October 12-17, 2019, at Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi) that will bring together the world’s top cyber security experts to share and discuss their latest knowledge, ideas and techniques with security professionals and students. Aside from offering the usual trainings and talks, HITB has been developing specific content and challenges for the wider student … More

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Cyber Battle of the Emirates: Training the next generation of cyber security pros

Held annually in Asia, Europe and the Middle East, Hack In The Box conferences bring together the world’s top cyber security experts to share and discuss their latest knowledge, ideas and techniques with security professionals and students. The next HITB event is HITB+ CyberWeek, which takes place October 12th – 17th at Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi. As usual, it will offer security trainings, talks, and live challenges. Cyber Battle of the Emirates Among the live … More

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