Fireside Chat: Chilling Effects on Security Research




Center for Democracy & Technology

1401 K Street NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC

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For many years, security researchers, infosec experts, and hackers have faced negative consequences such as legal threats and prosecution for simply doing their jobs. These so-called “chilling effects” have reached near-mythical status, and the level of understanding of potential risks varies throughout the tech policy community. Please join us for a discussion of the hazards that security researchers face, and a dissection of the myths, facts, and norms that exist around their work.

Discussion will begin promptly at 5 PM and be followed by a short reception.


Jen Ellis, VP of Community and Public Affairs, Rapid7

Josh Goldfoot, Principal Deputy Chief (Acting), Computer Crime & Intellectual Property Section, Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice

Katie Moussouris, Founder and CEO, Luta Security

Joseph Lorenzo Hall, Chief Technologist, Center for Democracy & Technology (moderator)