OURSA Agenda

Tuesday, April 17th 2018

8:00AM | Registration Opens

9:00AM - 9:15AM | OURSA Opening Remarks

  • Parisa Tabriz, Google
  • Michelle Zatlyn, Cloudflare

9:15AM - 10:45AM | Advocating for high-risk groups

Chair: Adrienne Porter Felt, Google

Panel Moderator: Sheera Frenkel, New York Times


  • Eva Galperin, Electronic Frontier Foundation. “Everything You Wanted to Know About Working With Vulnerable Populations But Were Afraid to Ask” 

  • Jessy Irwin, Tendermint. “Defense in Depth: Building An Old Lady Gang”

  • Martin Shelton, Google. “User researching how journalists handle security”

  • Harlo Holmes, Freedom of the Press Foundation. “Extreme weather conditions”

  • Del Harvey, Twitter. “PPE (Product, Policy, Enforcement) and You”

10:45AM - 11:00AM | Break

11:00AM - 12:30 PM | Security Policy & Ethics for Emerging Technologies

Chair: Amie Stepanovich, Access Now

Panel Moderator: Kara Swisher, Recode


  • Jennifer Granick, ACLU. “American Spies: Government Hacking and Modern Surveillance, the next great policy debate”

  • Nicole Ozer, ACLU of Northern California. “Government Surveillance & Companies Who Feed It”

  • Ashley Tolbert, Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC). “The Future of Secure Coding"

  • Rian Wanstreet, University of Washington. “Precision Farming: the Growing Security and Ethical Issues in the Ag Sector”

  • Anna Lauren Hoffman, University of Washington. “Gender, Bias, and Violence in Security Research and Design”

12:30PM - 1:30PM | Lunch

1:30PM - 3:00PM | Applied Security Engineering

Chair and Panel Moderator:  Aanchal Gupta, Facebook


  • Window Snyder, Fastly. "How to get from a developer to an application security engineer?"

  • Kate McKinley, Facebook. "Memory safety"

  • Leigh Honeywell, ACLU. "Securing Grassroots Groups"

  • Kelly Lum, Spotify

  • Jennifer Taylor, Cloudflare. "Modern trends in DDoS"

3:00PM - 3:30PM | Break

3:30PM - 5:00PM | Practical Privacy Protection

Chair: Lea Kissner, Google

Moderator: Allison Miller, Bank of America


  • Elizabeth Zwicky, Oath. “The Grim Truth about how Real People, Real Companies, and Real Governments Use Email”

  • Maritza Johnson, ICSI. “Wait, how was I supposed to know? Baking privacy into the user experience.”

  • Nwokedi Idika, Google

  • Seny Kamara, Brown University

  • Sha Sundaram, Snap. “Machine Learning Privacy”

5:00PM - 5:20PM | OURSA Closing

Jeanette Manfra, Department of Homeland Security

5:30PM - 7:30PM | Cocktail Hour

Join us on the roof for drinks, snacks, and more discussion!