Our Security Advocates

a unique security conference


April 17, 2018 | San Francisco



Photos courtesy Colleen Hawk, Mark Risher, Parisa Tabriz



OUR Security Advocates highlights a diverse set of experts from across information security, safety, trust, and other related fields.


OURSA is a single-track, one-day conference with four topic sessions. In each session, you'll hear short talks from multiple experts followed by a moderated discussion. Our session topics are:

Advocating for High-Risk Groups | Chair: Adrienne Porter Felt

Applied Security Engineering | Chair: Aanchal Gupta

Practical Privacy Protection | Chair: Lea Kissner

Security Policy & Ethics for Emerging Tech | Chair: Amie Stepanovich


The event live stream will be available on YouTube starting at 9:00 am PST on Tuesday, April 17. Visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ARrv-6My1F0 to watch live, or join one of the many viewing parties around the world.  


General admission tickets are $100, and students with valid ID can attend for $20. 

We believe it is important to charge so that we can ensure that our limited seating is utilized. Thanks to Cloudflare and our other sponsors, all ticket proceeds will be donated to non-profits that support diverse voices in security.

Since we have limited seating, we kindly ask all ticket holders to arrive on time and stay for the entire event. Tickets that are not used in the first thirty minutes of the event will be given to another on a first-come/first-served basis without refund.

The details

OUR Security Advocates is dedicated to a harassment-free conference experience for everyone. Our anti-harassment policy can be found here.

A mothers' room will be provided. If you need any other accommodations please contact us at info@oursa.org

We know that many more people will be interested in the content than can attend in person, and we are investigating options for live streaming. Parking near the event will be very limited, so we strongly recommend taking public transit or ride-sharing. Live streaming will also be available; follow us on Twitter for more details.

Please follow us on Twitter (@oursaconference) or Facebook (/oursaconference) for updates.






April 17, 2018


Cloudflare HQ

101 Townsend Street | San Francisco



We thank the following companies for making OURSA possible


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!