NPR reports on the Black Hat and Defcon security conferences and the role of privacy at each. NPR’s Aarti Shahani said, “some of the best minds in the industry are trying to come up with solutions” to the many security threats out there. Much of the focus is on the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and its hackathon competition. At Defcon, security expert John McAfee said privacy is being sacrificed around the world. Forbes’ Kashmir Hill reports on the antiestablishment and hacker culture, particularly at Defcon, and looks into the daunting task of running a shared WiFi network at a hacker conference. Pretty Good Privacy’s Phil Zimmerman said telecommunications companies need to be less cooperative with government intelligence, and a panel at Black Hat discussed the troubling vagueness of cybercrime laws.
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