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Researcher Matt Blaze tapped for Black Hat keynote on election security issues

By Charlie Mitchell / July 16, 2020

Matt Blaze, cyber researcher and professor of computer science and law at Georgetown University, will deliver a keynote on election security to help launch this year’s all-digital Black Hat conference in August.

Blaze will open the day on Aug. 5 with a speech examining the “technological, logistical, and political” challenges of securing elections and how the COVID-19 pandemic “adds a new dimension to the mix.”

There will be two keynotes at this year’s virtual event. Black Hat announced last week that Renee DiResta of the Stanford Internet Observatory will deliver remarks on Aug. 6 titled “Hacking Public Opinion,” which will examine “ways in which hacking the information environment is similar and different from the kind of intrusions infosec experts normally deal with.”

Black Hat and the related Def Con conferences announced in May that they were moving to an all-virtual format this year in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The conference begins Aug. 1 with training sessions, includes an Aug. 4 “CISO Summit,” and has two days of briefings slated for Aug. 5-6. – Charlie Mitchell (