Societies may change, but the staus-quo remains the same. What happens when a super-power has its secrets exposed? Can a government understand the human-cost of wars against religious extremists? Will those chosen to govern ever be able to control the pace of technological developments? Can a state assassinate its exiles in other countries ever really be morally justified? Are just some of the topics covered within this talk.

Granted, this talk looks as though its going to repeat the same Snowden/Wikileaks/Manning stories we’ve all come to expect at a security conference, except you’d be wrong. This talk looks at state-surveillance during the Reformation in Europe during the 16th Century. This particular period in history is interesting for many reasons, yet the parallels to modern dilemmas are clear. Has little changed in 500 years?

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Speaker: http://www.finux.co.uk
Alba13 Labs: http://www.alba13.com

Arron “”finux”” Finnon has been involved in security research and consultation for a over 8 years. Arron has discussed a wide range of security related topics at a number of high profiled international Security/Hacking conferences, as well as producing over 100 security related podcasts. Interviewing countless security professionals as part of the Finux Tech Weekly podcast show. His security research and consultation have helped businesses around the globe better develop the effectiveness of their security posture in detecting and mitigating cyber attacks.

During Arron’s time at The University of Abertay Dundee he was awarded the SICSA Student Open Source Award for his Advocacy of Free and Open Source software for his work whilst president of The UAD Linux Society. A subject matter he is still very passionate about even today.

Arron currently is the Chief Technical Officer for Krohn and Partners where he oversees the technical and security requirements of the business, as well as offering security consultation and services to Krohn and Partners clients.


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