This project is fully volunteer driven. While many dozens of people have provided feedback and support, this initiative would not exist without the help of a few of these people.

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has. – Margaret Mead


Heather Blanchard @poplifegirl / #defconpolicy
Heather works on global innovation and ecosystem strategy and outreach for the wireless industry in San Francisco. She is the co-founder of CrisisCommons, a digital humanitarian community and served the U.S. Department of Homeland Security from 2003 - 2010, including as Business Liaison Director of Technology and Telecommunications for the Private Sector Office and external advisor to the DHS Silicon Valley Office. Since leaving government in 2010, Heather has volunteered as a Press Goon for DEF CON.

Allan Friedman @allanfriedman
Allan Friedman is Director of Cybersecurity at National Telecommunications and Information Administration in the US Department of Commerce. Prior to joining the Federal Government, Friedman spent over 15 years as a noted InfoSec and tech policy scholar at Harvard’s Computer Science Department, the Brookings Institution and George Washington University’s Engineering School. He is the co-author of the popular text Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What Everyone Needs to Know, has a degree in computer science from Swarthmore College and a PhD in public policy from Harvard University, and is quite friendly for a failed professor-turned-technocrat.

Ayan Islam @ayanmislam
Ayan enjoys leveraging her multi-disciplinary skill set (legal, policy, and stakeholder engagement) to solve problems and advance causes that improve public safety. She is a member of I Am The Cavalry (IATC) and the Cybersecurity and Emerging Technologies Working Group for the Women of Color Advancing Peace and Security (WCAPS). On the IATC scale, Ayan is a Puzzler and Protector.

Andrea Little Limbago @limbagoa
Andrea is the Chief Social Scientist at Virtru. She has taught conflict studies in academia, was a technical lead in the Department of Defense, and most recently has worked at several startups integrating social science methods for analyses on attacker trends, human-computer interaction, digital authoritarianism, and security culture. Andrea earned a PhD in Political Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a BA from Bowdoin College.

Whitney Merrill @wbm312
Whitney is a privacy and information security attorney and technologist. Previously, she served in government as an attorney at the Federal Trade Commission, where she worked on a variety of consumer protection matters including data security, privacy and deceptive marketing and advertising. She was also a member of the NSF’s CyberCorps. She also runs the Crypto & Privacy Village, which appears at DEF CON and BSidesSF.

Beau Woods @beauwoods
Editor / Coordinating Author
Beau wears a lot of hats, all white. He has hacked medical devices, won Best Mustache at Movember London, and evaded Mafiosi near Moscow. Beau is also a leader with I Am The Cavalry, an Atlantic Council Fellow, DEF CON Goon, Village organizer, BSidesLV staff, has a BS in Psychology from Georgia Tech, and lives in DC.

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