Cyber all the Wassenaars: Export controls and exploit regulations: braindead and (in)evitable?

Presented at 32C3 (2015), Dec. 28, 2015, 2 p.m. (60 minutes)

Transposition of the Wassenaar Arrangement, which now also covers export controls on exploits and surveillance technology, into European law is upon us. This panel discusses this, both on process and substance. The big issue is that this may stifle security research while at the same time we want to stop the Hacking Teams of this world. This is a panel discussing the various good or least bad ways to deal with this. Participants come from civil society and security research.


  • Richard Tynan
    Richard is a Technologist at Privacy International, with a specific focus on the area of surveillance technologies. He focuses on wired and wireless surveillance mechanisms and the strategies employed by cyber-criminals to harvest valuable private information from a wide range of ubiquitous devices such as cell phones and personal computers. Richard holds a first class honours BSc (Hons) degree and a PhD in Distributed Artificial Intelligence for Embedded Sensor Networks from University College Dublin, and has also completed a Graduate Diploma in Law.
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  • Nate Cardozo
    Nate is a Staff Attorney on the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s digital civil liberties team. He works on EFF’s Who Has Your Back report which evaluates ISP and other service providers’ practices, and on the Coders’ Rights Project where he helps protect programmers and developers engaged in cutting-edge exploration of technology. A former EFF Open Government Legal Fellow, Nate focuses his practice on Coders’ Rights, free speech and privacy litigation, as well as continuing to dabble in Freedom of Information Act litigation. Nate is currently working on projects involving automotive privacy, hardware hacking rights, anonymous speech, electronic privacy law reform, and resisting the expansion of the surveillance state. Nate has a B.A. in Anthropology and Politics from the University of California, Santa Cruz and a J.D. from the University of California, Hastings, where he has taught legal writing and moot court.
  • Walter van Holst
    Innocent bystander in the hacker scene. ICT law practitioner by day, digital rights activist by night.