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  • Call for Papers deadline June 12, 2020, at 5:00 PM PT

    DEF CON 28: Voting Village Speakers
    Background: Voting Village Speaking Track

    In 2017, DEF CON launched the Voting Machine Hacking Village (Voting Village), which sought to elevate the issue of cyber and voting security at a moment when news about Russian adversaries hacking the 2016 election was making headlines. The Voting Village is the only public forum in the United States at which hackers have nearly unrestricted access to discover vulnerabilities in the equipment.

    Over the past three years, the Voting Village dramatically expanded its hands-on activities and audience, making more than 30 pieces of voting machines and other equipment available to its participants. These demonstrations publicly showed audiences – in person and around the world – how truly vulnerable U.S. voting systems are to cyberattacks and why hackers are an important part of the election security equation. The event attracted national media, reaching more than three billion people, with social media engagement topping an additional 146 million social media impressions. Most importantly, the Voting Village has embraced a mission to help election officials at all levels better understand how to make systems safer and more secure.

    Although DEF CON 28 is officially in Safe Mode due to the current pandemic, the Voting Village will have a VIRTUAL speaker track (along with other virtual activities) . This speaking track will highlight various aspects of election cybersecurity, including the efforts of election administrators and the technical components that make up our election infrastructure ranging from hardware and software to databases. To that end, the DEF CON Voting Village issues this call for papers and speakers to address fresh, unique aspects of this issue, particularly from the perspective of the hacker.

    Paper Submission Process

    Individuals or groups interested in presenting as part of the Voting Village speaking track are requested to submit proposals according to the following instructions:

    Please limit submissions to 5 pages. Any papers received after June 12, 2020, at 5:00 PM PT will not be considered.

    All presentations must have an educational focus and are NOT intended to be a business promotion for a product or service. All presentations will be 25 minutes long.

    Submit papers via email to . We request that applications are submitted as an email attachment in a .pdf format. Papers submitted in any other format may delay review and decision. Those selected to present will be notified within one week of the deadline, via email or phone.

    Unless indicated as options, please include the below REQUIRED material in your package:

    Presenter Information
    ● Primary Speaker Name & Title
    ● Primary Speaker Email Address
    ● Primary Speaker Phone Number
    ● Additional Speaker name(s) and titles
    ● List company affiliation (if applicable) and any association memberships
    ● Is the speaker(s) endorsed, a board member, spokesperson and/or advisor for a non-profit, association, or foundation or other similar entity? If so, please list which.
    ● Has the speaker(s) spoken at a previous DEF CON? If Yes, when?
    ● Has the speaker(s) spoken or presented at other notable security conference before? If so which/when/where? Please provide the title of the previous presentation(s).
    ● OPTIONAL: URL to presenter(s) website, wiki page, a public bio or similar information
    ● OPTIONAL: Social Media handles if you wish for DEF CON Voting Village to promote you to our social media followers

    Presentation Abstract & Outline:
    ● Please provide a thesis and outline to your proposed presentation. What are you trying to teach us? What will participants learn? What are some of your main points? How does your perspective and topic elevate the issue of elections and cybersecurity? What does the hacker or election integrity community need to know about this issue?
    ● The abstract will be used to summarize the presentation in written materials, so please keep it concise and clear (250 words or fewer).
    ● You do NOT need to provide a full presentation, but please give as many details as possible in an outline format.
    ● Has this presentation or the underlying paper been given or are there plans to give it at another conference prior to DEF CON (August 6-9, 2020)? If so, which/when/where?

    Speaker Bio(s)
    ● Please provide a short bio (under 250 words) written in the third-person, as it will be used for printed signage and materials. Cover any professional or hacker history that is relevant to you and the presentation, you may include past jobs, tools that you have written, etc. Let people know who you are and why you are qualified to speak on your topic. If you prefer, you may write your bio under a pseudonym.

    Equipment requirements - this should be pretty irrelevant now when we are remote, but if there is something we can do, let us know:
    ● If additional equipment is needed, please describe in your paper proposal.

    Supporting Files
    ● Attach any supporting files, if they are available. This might include supporting materials such as code, white papers, proof of concept, etc.

    Signed Submission Agreements (if required)

    Notes, Provisos, & Other Important Things

    ● If you are selected to present, please note that all sessions are open to the press and may be recorded and photographed. A photography and press waiver will be sent to all final presenters before the conference.
    ● DEF CON is intended to be an educational opportunity, not an opportunity to peddle wares to the hacker community. Presentations or speeches CANNOT be a promotion for a product or service.
    ● We will also be happy to help promote your session and work through social media, including through the Voting Village handle on Twitter @VotingVillageDC.
    ● Once again, papers are due June 12, 2020, at 5:00 PM PT . Submissions after that time will not be considered. Submit papers via email to . Further, all questions must be submitted in writing to . Please allow 24 hours for a response.