The Model Hacker? The Intersection of AI and Security Research – EFF

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EFF will co-host this event with the University of Washington Tech Policy Lab and Society + Technology at the University of Washington. 

The Model Hacker? the Intersection of AI and Security Research

What is cybersecurity in the age of artificial intelligence (AI)? This panel brings together experts in computer science, law, adversarial machine learning, and tech advocacy from the University of Washington and the Electronic Frontier Foundation for a riveting conversation on the evolution of research in AI, security, and hacking—and potential impacts on society, policy, and human flourishing.


May 8, 2024, 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM (PT)




Condon Hall is two blocks away from U District light rail station, it’s also accessible via several bus lines.

The Central Plaza Garage on 15th Ave NE at NE Campus Parkway is the closest UW garage to Condon Hall. A daily parking fee is required. There is also a pay parking lot, W-41, located on the west side of the building, however it fills up quickly. Street parking (paid and/or time limited) is also available in the areas around the building. Additional parking information.


All areas of this space are wheelchair accessible. The entrance to the building that is accessible for wheelchairs is located on the north side of the building. Both entrances will be open for the event. If you need accommodations or have accessibility questions prior to the event, please contact [email protected]; during the event, please ask any EFF staff for assistance.

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More About This Event:

This gathering is open to all. Attendees of all ages are welcome.

Hors d’oeuvres and both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks will be available following the panel conversation.

EFF is dedicated to a harassment-free experience for everyone, and all participants are encouraged to view our full Event Expectations.

About the Speakers:

Tadayoshi Kohno is a professor in the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington, where he is also the Associate Director for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access. His research focuses on helping protect the security, privacy, and safety of users of current and future generation technologies. Kohno has authored more than a dozen award papers, has presented his research to the U.S. House of Representatives, had his research profiled in the NOVA ScienceNOW “Can Science Stop Crime?” documentary and the NOVA “CyberWar Threat” documentary, and is a past chair of the USENIX Security Symposium. Kohno is the co-author of the book Cryptography Engineering, co-editor of the anthology Telling Stories, and author of the novella Our Reality. Kohno co-directs the University of Washington Computer Security & Privacy Research Lab and the Tech Policy Lab.

Ryan Calo is the Lane Powell and D. Wayne Gittinger Professor at the University of Washington School of Law. Calo’s research on law and emerging technology appears in leading law reviews and technical publications and is frequently referenced by the national media. His work has been translated into at least four languages. He has testified three times before the United States Senate and has been a speaker at President Obama’s Frontiers Conference, the Aspen Ideas Festival, and NPR’s Weekend in Washington. Calo co-directs the University of Washington Tech Policy Lab.

Jacob Hoffman-Andrews is a lead developer on Let’s Encrypt, the free and automated Certificate Authority. He also works on EFF’s Encrypt the Web initiative and helps maintain the HTTPS Everywhere browser extension. Prior to working at EFF, Jacob was on Twitter’s anti-spam and security teams. On the security team, he implemented HTTPS-by-default with forward secrecy, key pinning, HSTS, and CSP. On anti-spam, he deployed new machine-learned models to detect and block spam in realtime. Before Twitter, he worked at Google, variously on the maps, transit, and shopping teams.

Franziska Roesner is an associate professor of computer science and engineering at the University of Washington where she studies and teaches computer security and privacy. She works on emerging technologies, end user needs, online mis/disinformation, and more. In 2017, MIT Technology Review named Roesner as one of the 35 “Innovators Under 35” for her work on privacy and security in emerging technologies. Roesner’s research has uncovered privacy risks in technologies, such as user tracking by third parties on websites and data collection by toys connected to the internet. Roesner co-directs the University of Washington Computer Security & Privacy Research Lab and is a faculty associate at the Tech Policy Lab.

Erica Portnoy works to explain and defend encryption at EFF, so that it can be accessible and strong for all who need it. She writes and speaks about encryption in practice, including what people need from secure messaging providers, what the next generation of encryption in the cloud might look like, and how it needs to continue to be protected by law. She also develops the Let’s Encrypt client Certbot, which makes it easy for people who run websites to turn on https, keeping their users private and secure against network-based attackers.

More about the University of Washington Tech Policy Lab

The Tech Policy Lab is a unique, interdisciplinary collaboration at the University of Washington that aims to enhance technology policy through research, education, and thought leadership. Founded in 2013 by faculty from the University’s Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering, Information School, and School of Law, the Lab aims to bridge the gap between technologists and policymakers and to help generate wiser, more inclusive tech policy.

More about Society + Technology at the University of Washington

Society + Technology fosters cross-disciplinary innovation in research, teaching, and learning around the social, societal, and justice aspects of technology. Launched in 2o24 as an outcome of a 2022 UW Technology and Society task force and research report, “Leading the Way in Addressing the Societal Impacts of Emerging Technology,” an effort charged by the university president and provost, Society + Technology supports events and programs at University of Washington’s campuses in Bothell, Seattle, Tacoma, and the School of Medicine.

More about the Electronic Frontier Foundation

The Electronic Frontier Foundation is the leading nonprofit organization defending civil liberties in the digital world. Founded in 1990, EFF champions user privacy, free expression, and innovation through impact litigation, policy analysis, grassroots activism, and technology development. EFF’s mission is to ensure that technology supports freedom, justice, and innovation for all people of the world.

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