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The ban on feds at Defcon draws a mixed reaction

John P. Mello Jr. | July 15, 2013
Call for U.S. government workers to avoid security conference rankles some cyber warriors, gets cheers from others.

"Now imagine," he continued, "that the feds come to join a party in order to learn the tactics and improve their intelligence about people who fight for freedom of speech and diminished government surveillance. It's offensive."

While Defcon appears intent on shunning government workers from its environs, a rival conference, Black Hat, which is being held in Las Vegas around the same time, will have a more welcoming attitude. Black Hat's agenda includes keynotes by the NSA's Alexander and Brian Muirhead, chief engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

 

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