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Gloom, Doom, and the Internet — presented for Starcon 18

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About Starcon

Starcon is an annual 2-day long software engineering conference held in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

About the talk

Delivered on Saturday 06 January 2018 at the University of Waterloo, I discussed some anti-patterns in web development, security, privacy, and what can be done to combat these problems.


Since the advent of the internet, technology has undergone a revolution like no other. It has enabled connectivity on a scale that has never been seen before, enabling free distribution of information, ideas, and independent content. However, in recent years we’ve seen a turn of events. What was once primarily a mechanism for free expression has given way to multitudes of surveillance machines designed to track your every move. In my talk “Gloom, Doom, and the Internet,” I will discuss some of the privacy and security issues with technology today, and explain how you can defend the users of your Next Big Thing(tm). Attendees will be encouraged to rethink how they view internet-enabled technology, with a focus on the importance of privacy, accessibility, and security oriented designs from day one, and they will be shown how new platforms can be made successful simply by respecting their users.


Photographs courtesy of Starcon photographers.

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  • presenting gloom, doom, and the internet
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