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Clear as FUD: A look at how confusing jargon and technology can create fear, uncertainty, and doubt - Chris Maddalena (Circle City Con 2015 Videose 2015) (Hacking Illustrated Series InfoSec Tutorial Videos)

Clear as FUD: A look at how confusing jargon and technology can create fear, uncertainty, and doubt
Chris Maddalena

Circle City Con 2015

Our technology is becoming easier to use and friendlier towards users who would struggle to use a PC. This is a wonderful change that has opened up new possibilities for them to learn, connect, and explore by making is simpler for them to browse the web and use email and social media. The downside is they don?t fully understand the technology and this makes them easy marks for scammers. They see only half of the picture, gathered from news reports and bite-sized explanations they've read or heard. This affects not only regular people, but our lawmakers and politicians, too. This lack of understanding has the potential to cause lasting harm by creating misinformation, negative views of those who identify as hackers, and a fear of the internet. We can help by doing what we do every day: talking about it. We?ll discuss examples of how a lack of understanding has hurt different people and groups, how we got to this point, and how we can do some little things that will make a big difference.

Bio: As a native resident of Michigan, I?m a hunter, hiker, and camper. I don?t even mind the snow. I take my coffee too seriously, love good scotch, and spend a lot of time studying how infosec and new technologies are impacting our everyday lives. I have been working in IT for the past 10 years. For the past five, I?ve been a consultant and manager. I wear many different hats, but I?m always looking for something new to try or learn. If I?m not reading, scripting, or building something, I?m probably looking for my next project.

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