Can We Sue Ourselves Secure? The Legal System's Role in Protecting Us in the Era of Mass Data Leaks and Internet of Things
Speaker(s): Alex Muentz
Large data breach stories just merge into one another. Weak IoT security is no secret. Yet the marketplace isn't fixing this problem. Can the legal system play a part? This talk will discuss current approaches under U.S. regulatory, product liability, and tort law to encourage vendors to secure their devices and services.
Constructing Exocortices with Huginn and Halo
Speaker(s): The Doctor
Huginn (https://github.com/cantino/huginn) is an open-source human capability-amplifying and augmentation system which implements scenarios - networks of autonomous software agents that collectively analyze data and use it to accomplish sophisticated tasks on behalf of its users. External to Huginn is the Halo (https://github.com/virtadpt/exocortex-halo), a collection of software constructs optimized for carrying out tasks too complex for Huginn due to resource requirements, contention, or reliance upon lower level libraries, including synthesizing speech, placing Voice over IP calls, and carrying out limited secretarial duties to facilitate human interaction. The development histories of both Huginn and Halo will be discussed during the first part of the talk with representative examples of the presenter's agent networks to demonstrate the architecture of scenarios as well as solutions to practical problems. Agents, the basic building blocks of Huginn scenarios and the software constructs of Halo will be briefly detailed to give an overview of some of possibilities of the two interrelated software systems. The talk will conclude with brief descriptions of some of the tasks that HOPE attendees can accomplish through the use of both Huginn and Halo.
Sunset or Evolution of the PSTN?
Speaker(s): Fred Goldstein
The public switched telephone network has seen better days. With interest diverted to the Internet and mobile services, the venerable PSTN that we know and love seems like it's ready for the knackers. But maybe that's not quite right. True, the dominant carriers have let their wireline networks rot, and the TDM technology that seemed so advanced two decades ago is this year's black-and-white TV set. But the PSTN has undergone many rounds of evolution, from cord switchboards to Strowger dial to common control to analog ESS to digital. Now SIP signaling and IP networks are taking over. It's the big carriers who want to claim that this is no longer the PSTN so that they can get out of their regulatory obligations and exercise their remaining monopoly muscle. And the folks in Washington who are supposed to be supervising this still haven't figured out what VoIP is, so no wonder it's all such a mess. Let's see where the PSTN is going and what that means to us.