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DEF CON Hacking Conference

Policy @ DEF CON

   Welcome to Policy @ DEF CON!

Interested in the cutting edge of hacking technology and its policy implications? Interested in talking with policy folks wanting an honest assessment of what is possible?

Hackers are early users and abusers of technology, and that technology is now critical to modern life. As governments make policy decisions about technology hackers, researchers and academics need to be part of that conversation before the decisions are made, and not after policies are implemented.

To do that DEF CON is a place for everyone on the policy and technology spectrum to interact, learn from each other, and improve outcomes. As with previous years, the Policy Team will be supporting DEF CON 30 in several ways:

  1. By helping the policy community register for the event and orient themselves with the opportunities to participate and join the conversation.
  2. By building connections with technical and policy experts.
  3. By providing opportunities for those interested in learning more about the challenges at the intersection of policy and technology.

Our Policy program will consist of Main stage presentation and panels, daytime sessions in our policy track, and some evening lounges that will provide an off the record and more intimate setting to have policy-focused conversations.

Check back here for further updates as programming schedules and other important information is announced. In the meantime, if you have any questions, including about how to register for DEF CON 30 in August 2022, please feel free to reach out to our Policy Team Goons through email

Thank you.

Check out some of the talks and round tables from last year.
DEF CON 29 - Policy Panel - Ransomware’s Big Year: From Nuisance to Scourge - LIVE
DEF CON 29 - Policy Panel - HACKERS INTO THE UN: Cyber Discussions on War and Peace - LIVE

Register for DEF CON 30