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Seattle Surveillance Ordinance: Information for Tech Activists by Cynthia Spiess
August 19 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Seattle Surveillance Ordinance: Information for Tech Activists
Speaker: Cynthia Spiess
The City of Seattle is in the midst of undertaking important steps that
impact the privacy (and security in some cases) of all persons living,
working, and traveling in Seattle for likely many years to come. This work
is partially underway, with different surveillance technologies in
different stages of the process. This presentation will cover what the
ordinance is & the overall process end-to-end; what stage we’re at;
noteworthy findings thus far; what’s next; and how to contribute your
knowledge. The overall situation is one which is near starving for
technical contributions and voice, so the hope is that this presentation is
more than purely informational and instead results in informed
participation (in any level or capacity).
Previously, I worked at Adobe as a Senior Security Researcher for the Adobe Secure Software Engineering Team (ASSET). Prior to that, I worked at Amazon Web Services (AWS) as a Security Engineer for the AWS AppSec team; and earlier as a Developer Support Engineer for AWS Premium Support. My work experience covers front-end and back-end web stacks (GUIs and APIs), both traditional and more modern (NoSQL DBs, docker/Mesos), SecOps/IR, and (unsurprisingly) cloud security. I acknowledge that some would view this work background as not conducive to being a strong privacy advocate, but I assure you that I don’t drink the Kool-Aid.