HOPE Conference 2020

Hackers On Planet Earth (HOPE) conference is one of the most creative and diverse hacker events in the world. It's been happening since 1994.

The 13th HOPE conference was held online from 25 July to 2 August 2020.

On Saturday, 25 July, Robin Wilton, our Director of Internet Trust, talked about Quantum computing and encryption. On Tuesday, 28 July, Dan York, our Project Lead of Open Standards Everywhere and Director of Web Strategy, talked about how you could make your website safer using open standards. Watch the recordings!

Quantum Encryption

25 July 2020, 15:00 – 15:50 EDT, Public Talk Stream

Every so often we see another headline announcing a major breakthrough in quantum computing, often accompanied by breathless warnings of the death of encryption as we know it. How real are these claims? Is encryption really doomed? How is quantum computing a threat anyway, and is there anything we can do about it?

This is a session for people who are IT literate but not physicists, let alone quantum physicists. Come along if you’d like to hear quantum computing and encryption explained by someone who is IT literate, but not a physicist, let alone a quantum physicist!

Learn why encryption is essential to security online.

Hacking Web Servers to Make Them More Secure and Faster Using Open Standards

28 July 2020, 15:00 – 15:50 EDT, Public Talk Stream

So how can you be out there promoting open standards like TLS and IPv6 if your own websites don’t support these standards? Shouldn’t there be step-by-step recipes out there (or default configurations) that just make this easy?

In this talk, Dan dived into how the Internet Society fixed its multiple websites, and discovered how it could make these sites faster and more secure with some easy changes to the site configuration. He shared the crowd-sourced documentation that the project team has developed for self-hosted web servers, hosted servers, and sites using content delivery networks (CDNs), and outlined how you could help contribute to this project. He covered how to implement HTTP/2, IPv6, TLS, HSTS, and DNSSEC – and provide the recipes his project team used.

If we want an open Internet where we don’t need permission to deploy new services and systems, the Internet needs to be based on interoperable, open Internet standards.

Join us in helping build a more secure and available Internet for everyone!

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Date and Time

Saturday 25 July 2020 –

Sunday 02 August 2020