Several high-profile speakers have bailed on RSA's annual security conference over the revelation that the company sabotaged its products at the behest of the NSA. There's even a petition to get Stephen Colbert to cancel his keynote.
Now, there's an alternative conference that will run at the Metreon down the street from RSA's show. It's called Trustycon, and will feature Mikko Hypponen, Chris Palmer, and others. The conference is being run by EFF and Defcon, with sponsorship from Cloudflare and Microsoft.
TrustyCon will be held on 27 February at AMC Metreon in San Francisco, which is located just down the road from the Moscone Center where RSA Conference is taking place between 24 and 28 February.
Renown security experts, such as F-Secure’s Mikko Hypponen and Google software security engineer Chris Palmer, will be talking at the event. Hypponen and a host of others had already announced plans to boycott RSA Conference over a Reuters report that suggested the NSA had paid RSA $10 million to include flawed code in one of their random number generators.
Anti-RSA Brigade Set Up Rival TrustyCon Conference
A new study reported in Nature (Sci-Hub mirror) tracks down the origins of the mysterious rise in CFC-11, a banned ozone-depleting greenhouse gas whose rise was first reported a year ago, and blames the increase on manufacturing in eastern China.
The Virginia Pirate Corporation is a startup that brokers sales of used textbooks at colleges; they're suing North Charleston, SC's Trident Technical College over its inclusion of textbook fees in tuition, meaning that students will have already paid for new textbooks when they pay their tuition.
What a coincidence.
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