Pre-Ignite lecture: U.S. Government Response to Hackers

by Scott Berkun on January 25, 2013

in Seattle

The next Seattle Ignite is Wed February 20th, at 6:30pm. We’ll have our usual pre-show games, but an alternative is this lecture on the U.S. history of government response to hacking, including commentary on the Aaron Swartz story. One ticket gets you access to both!

Phil Lapsley: The Government’s Response to Hackers, Then & Now

When: Wednesday, February 20, 2013, 6:00 – 7:30pm

Where: Downstairs at Town Hall; enter on Seneca Street. $5. Double feature!

Phil Lapsley, author of Exploding the Phone; believes today’s war against hackers is  more aggressive that decades past. With an eye toward culture, technology, and current events, Lapsley illuminates the forgotten history of the phone phreaks—and addresses how the FBI’s pursuit of them differs from the legal tactics used today against people such as Aaron Swartz, who committed suicide while facing more than 30 years in prison. Prosecutors alleged Swartz broke into a secure MIT computer closet in 2011 and downloaded articles from a subscription-based academic research service; his death has led to calls by lawmakers to amend the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.

Get tickets here (includes access to Seattle Ignite).

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