Security, Privacy, and Open Silicon

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Scheduled: Wednesday, June 21, 2017 from 3:45 – 4:30pm in B301

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Threats to personal information security and privacy are proliferating at a rapid pace, as are countermeasures based on open hardware. This talk will review the open hardware information security landscape, from personal password managers and cloud devices to alternative processors that are open all the way down to the transistor level, with a focus on how open silicon is poised to change everything.

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Threats to personal information security and privacy are proliferating at a rapid pace, as are countermeasures based on open hardware. This talk will review the open hardware information security landscape, from personal password managers and cloud devices to alternative processors that are open all the way down to the transistor level, with a focus on how open silicon is poised to change everything.

As hardware and software become ever more entwined and the practice of hardware running only cryptographically signed software becomes more widespread, it’s becoming clear the freedoms so hard-won by the open source movement will soon be lost without a truly free and open foundation for the full stack of hardware and software: silicon.

In this talk, we’ll cover the basics of what goes into designing, fabricating, and testing integrated circuits, processors, and peripherals embodied in silicon. We’ll briefly review the key historical events that got us to where we are today, and lay out a roadmap for where we want to be in the near future.

We will draw on detailed firsthand examples from recent projects each striving in their own way to open different layers of the hardware stack, such as the Talos Secure Workstation, the EOMA68 modular computing project, the Open-V RISC-V-based microprocessor, the SiFive HiFive1 RISC-V dev board, ORWL, and others.

We’ll also discuss how you can help! No previous experience or specialized knowledge is needed to understand this talk.

Tags

security, privacy, open silicon

Speaking experience

I have extensive public speaking experience, including at Open Source Bridge, LinuxFest Northwest, Open Hardware Summit, SxSW, various Meet Up groups, and more.

Speaker

  • Josh Lifton

    Crowd Supply

    Biography

    Josh is Crowd Supply’s CEO. He received his doctorate from the MIT Media Lab and holds a BA in physics and mathematics from Swarthmore College, which is to say he’s devoted a significant amount of his time learning how to make things that blink. As head of Crowd Supply’s project efforts, he is helping others do the same. Prior to Crowd Supply, Josh worked in a variety of technology settings, from instrumenting thousands of audience members with custom wearable computers for a Cirque du Soleil performance to, most recently, serving as head of engineering at Puppet Labs.

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