As a part of the 2016-2017 Sagan National Colloquium, Ohio Wesleyan University will host Paco Hope, principal consultant in security, risk, and compliance for Amazon Web Services and co-author of the “Web Security Testing Cookbook” and “Mastering FreeBSD and OpenBSD Security.”
Hope will present “Bits of Our Humanity” at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 10 in the Benes Rooms of Ohio Wesleyan’s Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave., Delaware.
Of his presentation, Hope said: “We are increasingly digitizing our lives, converting the messy analogue aspects of humanity into digital bits that can be manipulated by algorithm. Can we figure out you’re pregnant based on how you shop? Do we know your political leanings based on the car you buy?
“Sometimes we do the digitizing: we enter our data into tax forms, shopping sites, and school admissions forms,” he continues. “Sometimes it is implicit: where we go, websites we visit, software we use, services we pay for. What do we gain and what do we lose from this digitization?
“There are benefits that society simply cannot achieve without mass digitization. Society seems to have lost some benefits that we previously had, like privacy and individuality. In this talk, we will explore the gains, losses, and future horizons of digitizing our lives. We’ll see the explicit, implicit, and insidious ways that our humanity is becoming ever more digital 1s and 0s and what that means for us as people.”
Prior to joining Amazon, he was the principal security evangelist for Cigital, a global software security consultancy. His experience spans several vertical industries, including financial services, online retail, online gaming, and embedded systems. Hope is also a member of the European Advisory Council for the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, the world’s largest IT security organization.