Hacking The Future: Weaponizing The Next Generation

Presented at DEF CON 18 (2010), July 29, 2010, 1 p.m. (120 minutes)

Join this panel of "experts" who will discuss, debate, enlighten, and do battle on the topic of Hacker Parenting. From a multitude of viewpoints - paternal, maternal, fictive aunt and victim - the methodologies and techniques of applying the hacker mindset to parenting will be discussed. It is expected that the audience will participate as this topic is one on which everyone has an opinion. Maybe it's possible to do great work and develop a generation of people primed to hack the planet and take over.


  • Tiffany Rad
    Tiffany Strauchs Rad MA, MBA, JD, is a lawyer, hacker, and college professor. She has presented privacy and technical research at Black Hat USA, DEFCON, Hackers on Planet Earth, Hacking at Random, and Pumpcon. She also likes cars and hacks them.
  • Tim Krabec
    Tim Krabec is the owner of a Small Computer Shop. A Vice President of the South Florida Chapter of the ISSA, Secretary of ASIS chapter 254. He is a former foster parent caring for over 40 children. He currently has 4 children with the 5th on the way. He holds a BS in CS for Florida Atlantic University, in what little free time he has he enjoys watching Syfy and woodworking.
  • Leigh Honeywell
    Leigh Honeywell is a jane of many trades. By day she works as a security consultant while finishing up a degree at the University of Toronto. By night (and sometimes over lunch) she is a co-founder and director of HackLab.TO, Toronto's hacker space. She also serves on the board of advisors of the SECtor security conference, has been a Google Summer of Code mentor, and is an avid cyclist, science fiction nerd, and traveller.
  • James Costello
    James Costello is a project manager for a compliancy focused hosting company in the Midwest. He is a charter member and current secretary/vice president of affiliate relations for the Cowtown Computer Congress. He holds a BA from the University of Saint Mary and in his free time enjoys reading scifi, watching British television and repurposing electronic devices.
  • James Arlen / Myrcurial as James Arlen
    James Arlen CISA, sometimes known as Myrcurial, is a security consultant usually found in tall buildings wearing a suit, founder of the Think|Haus hackerspace, columnist at Liquidmatrix Security Digest, Infosec Geek, Hacker, Social Activist, Author, Speaker and Parent. He's been at this security game for more than 15 years and loves blinky lights and shiny things. Cyber.