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Event: Cybersecurity futures 2020

What does the future hold for the Web? Join Passcode, UC Berkeley, and some of the country's leading policymakers, hackers, and creative thinkers to discuss the alternate futures for cybersecurity and the Internet in 2020 and beyond.

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DEF CON founder Jeff Moss and Deputy US Chief Technology Officer Ed Felten speak at a Passcode event in Washington, DC on April 28, 2016.

What will be the state of digital security in five and 10 years?

Will it be a "Wild West" where every person and organization must fight to protect their own personal data? Will the Internet of Things advance so much into our homes and cities that everyone – at all times – is under surveillance? Are sensors going to be smart enough to determine and predict human feelings – opening the door to cybercriminals hacking human emotion?

These are some scenarios from The University of California - Berkeley's Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity, which has modeled what the Internet and cybersecurity could look like in 2020 and beyond.

On April 28, some of the country's leading policymakers, hackers, and creative thinkers will join Passcode and UC Berkeley to discuss the Internet's alternate futures – and explore how unconventional thinking can lead to better solutions for tomorrow's cybersecurity problems. 


Opening remarks:

David Grant, @DW_Grant, Director of Content Strategy, CSM


Steve Weber, Faculty Director, CLTC (@CLTCBerkeley), University of California - Berkeley

Panel 1:

Ed Felten, @EdFelten44, Deputy Chief Technology Officer, White House

Jeff Moss, @thedarktangent, Founder, Black Hat and DEF CON

Moderated by Sara Sorcher, @SaraSorcher, Deputy Editor, Passcode

Panel 2:

Phyllis Schneck, Deputy Under Secretary for Cybersecurity and Communications, NPPD, DHS (@cyber)

Walter Parkes, Screenwriter and Director

Nate Fick, @ncfick, CEO, Endgame

Moderated by Michael B. Farrell, @mikebfarrell, Editor, Passcode

Audience question-and-answer will follow each panel, where the panelists will be joined by Betsy Cooper, Executive Director of the CLTC and on Twitter @BetsyatBerkeley.

The talk is free and open to the public. Doors open at 2:30 pm for networking.

Following the talks, there will be a reception from 5 - 6pm. 

Follow the conversation on Twitter via the hashtag #cyber2020 and follow us@csmpasscode. Sign up for Passcode's weekly emails at

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