Ask the EFF: The Year in Digital Civil Liberties

1500, Lamarr
Speaker(s): Kurt Opsahl, Jacob Hoffman-Andrews, Vivian Brown, Parker Higgins
Get the latest information about how the law is racing to catch up with technological change from staffers at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the nation's premiere digital civil liberties group fighting for freedom and privacy in the computer age. This session will include updates on current EFF issues such as surveillance online, encryption (and backdoors), and fighting efforts to use intellectual property claims to shut down free speech and halt innovation. The panel will also include a discussion on their technology project to protect privacy and speech online, updates on cases and legislation affecting security research, and much more. Half the session will be given over to question-and-answer, so it's your chance to ask EFF questions about the law and technology issues that are important to you.


Chinese Mechanical Locks - Insight into a Hidden World of Locks

1500, Friedman
Speaker(s): Lucas Zhao (UrbanHawk)
Chinese-made locks have traditionally had poor reputations. The Chinese-made locks that we usually encounter in our day-to-day lives always seem to be low quality, cheap, and insecure at best, so it may seem that this is all that the Chinese make. However, there is a whole other world of lock designs that are sold exclusively to the Chinese domestic market. In this presentation, a variety of different Chinese lock designs will be discussed, from the prominent and innovative, such as the Yuema free spinning cylinder line of locks to the relatively obscure, such as the Chinese take on the Corbin Emhart rotating pin design. This talk will cover the defeats of these locks, both theoretical and practical, in addition to the steps Chinese lock companies have taken to address these vulnerabilities, as well as the reasons behind the constant innovation.