With the inaugural O’Reilly Defender award, we wanted to highlight the breadth and heterogeneity of the people in this community. To that end, we chose a researcher, a defender, and a project as our recipients.
Ross J Anderson is a professor of Security Engineering at the Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge. Professor Ross Anderson has been a tireless security researcher and advocate for the interests of consumers and end-users of modern technologies, providing the industry with keen insights into how systems are being manipulated, defrauded, and exploited. Defenders benefit from his dedication to re-examine every threat model, understand underlying incentives, and shine a bright light into the darker corners of consumer-facing tech & online services. Especially valuable is not only the (prolific!) body of research we have available from Professor Anderson, but also his leadership and mentoring, which has yielded an entire community of insightful, inventive, and pragmatic researchers spanning boundaries across the academic and commercial worlds.
Zeynep Tufekci is an associate professor at the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with an affiliate appointment at the Department of Sociology. She is also a faculty associate at the Harvard Berkman Center for Internet and Society, and was previously a fellow at the Center for Information Technology Policy at the Princeton University. Tufekci’s research interests revolve around the intersection of technology and society. Her academic work focuses on social movements and civics, privacy and surveillance, and social interaction. She is also increasingly known for her work on “big data” and algorithmic decision-making.
The Shoulders of InfoSec
A community-driven project led by the inimitable Jack Daniel, The Shoulders of InfoSec Project is an effort to identify and celebrate the contributions of infosec leaders whose contributions have shaped technology & industry. All of us in the field of This project is dedicated to shining a light on contributions, and notably, bringing our unsung heroes into the spotlight. Initially focusing on early contributors to InfoSec, the project will continue to grow with community support.
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