Ethics Village
In The Hopes Of Fostering A Better Understanding Of The Ethical Questions We Face As A Community


Ethics Village at DEFCON

The DEFCON Ethics Village, is a ethics conference focused on the fostering a discussion about ethics in the security domain. The discussion on ethics in the security domain has been present since its inception however, we want to foster a greater discussion on ethics across all security domains. We want to celebrate the mistakes and grow as a community.

We want to learn what ethical situations arise for security professionals. We want to learn how security professionals handle these situations. We want to know about times you stood up to your boss because of your ethical beliefs to when you did something completely unethical and possibly broke the law.


For those wanting to participate in live discussions, please join us via discord in #ev-general-text over at

All talks will be live streamed over at #ev-talks-voice in discord and via

All Taped talks will also be released as they go live on the schedule on youtube over here: Ethics Village Youtube

Friday, 7 August

10:00 - 11:00 AM PDT Federal Communications Commission Comm. Geoffrey Starks Taped
12:00 - 1:00 PM PDT U.S. Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board Member, Travis LeBlanc Taped
2:00 - 3:00 PM PDT Models of Privacy Norms R. Jason Cronk, Ece Gumusel Live
4:00 - 5:00 PM PDT Security of Election Systems: A contract case study in progress Rim Boujnah Live

Saturday, 8 August

10:00 - 11:00 AM PDT Killer Robots Reconsidered Diane Vavrichek, Larry Lewis Live

Law Track
12:00 - 1:40 PM PDT Vote @ Home Workshop Andrea Matwyshyn Taped - 40 min
1:40 - 2:10 PM PDT Live-Q/A - 30 min
2:10 - 2:50 PM PDT Federal Trade Commision Comm. Rohit Chopra Taped - 40 min
2:50 - 3:20 PM PDT Live-Q/A - 30 min
3:20 - 4:00 PM PDT Food and Drug Administration Jessica Wilkerson Taped - 40 min
4:00 - 4:30 PM PDT Live-Q/A - 30 min
4:30 - 5:10 PM PDT TechCongress Leisel Bogan Taped - 40 min
5:10 - 5:40 PM PDT Live-Q/A - 30 min

Sunday, 9 August

10:00 - 11:00 AM PDT "Blackmail Extortion and the Ethics of Disclosure" Michael Antonino Live
12:00 - 1:00 PM PDT How to Start a Movement: Hackers Edition Chloe Messdaghi Live
2:00 - 3:00 PM PDT Open Live Chat for all Speakers or another talk on Ethics of Moderation Everyone! Live/Open

Contact Us

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