The Ruxcon panel discussion returns once again and is ready to ignite conversation on issues that have popped up during the past year. This year we are focusing on topics that have been covered by the technology and mainstream media, and it will be up to our esteemed panel of experts and commentators to separate fact from fiction and offer insight into what can be complex issues. As always, our panel consists of passionate experts from the entire spectrum of the computer security universe.

The panel is held as an informal discussion between our experts. Special guest speakers may pop in and out of the panel and they will be able to provide their own specific insight into the discussion at hand. Delegates are invited to use the questions we've given to our panel members as a starting point and contribute to the panel by asking questions throughout the session.

Panel Host: Dr Silvio Cesare


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Australian Greens Party

Scott Ludlam, a former graphic designer, environmental and social justice campaigner and political advisor, was elected in November 2007 and again in April 2014 as an Australian Greens Senator for Western Australia. He is currently one of 11 Australian Greens members of parliament who have established a track record of positive negotiations with all parties in Parliament.

Scott is spokesperson for the Greens on Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Housing, Sustainable Cities, Defence and Nuclear Issues.

Scott was a leading voice against the Federal Government's attempt to introduce a mandatory net filter, moved amendments to better secure public ownership of the National Broadband Network and has been a strong advocate for a diverse, accessible communications sector. 

Scott is a member of the Joint Committee on the National Broadband Network; Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade; Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade; Joint Select Committee on Cyber-safety; Joint Standing Committee on Treaties and the Standing Committee on Privileges



Journalist and Research Fellow University of Melbourne

Author of "Underground", book about early hackers, translated into 7 languages. Research Fellow, University of Melbourne, Australia, Dept of Computing and Information Systems. Studying the impact of technology on whistleblowing. Principal Researcher on the World Online Whistleblowing Survey, the first online survey about public attitudes to whistleblowing to be run in 10 other languages. I also do work in the e-health and e-education areas.



Internet Pioneer and CEO of Farsight Security

Vixie has been contributing to Internet protocols and UNIX systems as a protocol designer and software architect since 1980. He wrote Cron (for BSD and Linux), and is considered the primary author and technical architect of BIND 4.9 and BIND 8, and he hired many of the people who wrote BIND 9. He has authored or co-authored a dozen or so RFCs, mostly on DNS and related topics, and of Sendmail: Theory and Practice (Digital Press, 1994). His technical contributions include DNS Response Rate Limiting (RRL), DNS Response Policy Zones (RPZ), and Network Telemetry Capture (NCAP). He earned his Ph.D. from Keio University for work related to DNS and DNSSEC, and was named to the Internet Hall of Fame in 2014.



Associate Professor UNSW

Richard Buckland is an Associate Professor in Computer Security, Cybercrime, and Cyberterror at the University of New South Wales. His research areas in Learning and Teaching and Security Engineering. Currently he is working on non-mark based motivation in online education, and protocols for secure electronic elections in untrusted environments. Richard is the Chair of the Academic Board of the Australian Computer Society Education, a member of the UNSW Academic Board, the Director of First Year Studies and the Chair of the Skills Syllabus Group of the Scehool of Computer Science and Engineering at UNSW.

Richard has a love for teaching and a deep faith in the potential of all his students. He has taught over 10,000 students face to face at numerous levels including primary school, high school, undergraduate, postgraduate and professional students, and hundreds of thousands of students electronically. He has a passionate belief in the importance of education, of learning, of thinking. He has a particular interest in gifted and talented students and students with learning difficulties.

Richard's online computing lectures have had over two million views and in 2012 he ran the first Australian MOOC "UNSW Computing 1". He is co-founder of education startup an open MOOC and flipped teaching platform designed to delight students as well as teachers.



Manager of Vulnerability Development for Cisco Talos

Richard Johnson is a computer security specialist in the area of software vulnerability analysis. Currently the Manager of Vulnerability Development for Cisco Talos, Richard offers 12 years of expertise and leadership in the software security industry. Current responsibilities include research and development of advanced fuzzing and crash analysis technologies facilitating the automation of the vulnerability triage and discovery process. Richard has presented annually at top-tier industry conferences worldwide for over a decade and was co-founder of the Uninformed Journal.