Hacking Humanitarian Technology Before the Bad Guys Do

From George, about the RELIEF efforts Diggz and I speak about at times:

Event:  JIFX-RELIEF Field Exploration
Location:  Camp Roberts, CA
Dates:  August 22-23, 2012

In the last 18 months there have been a steady increase in attacks by
hostile groups against citizens and response organizations utilizing
communications and Internet technologies.  Those attacks include
custom malware targeting activists in Syria, harassment and
infiltration of civil rights monitoring groups in Egypt, and the
murder of citizen reporters in Mexico.

The JIFX-RELIEF Field Explorations are acknowledged to be the premier
venue for creating interoperable civil-military systems for
Humanitarian Assistance / Disaster Response (HA/DR) operations.  This
year’s RELIEF experiments will bring together members of the security
community to evaluate the security strengths and weaknesses of several
technologies that are being deployed in hostile environments.

Participants from the security community will have the opportunity to:
* Support the development of lifesaving emergency and humanitarian technologies
* Meet a variety of groups working in the humanitarian and government
technology space
* Interact with other members of the public and private security community

The security evaluations will take part over two separate days and
security experts are invited to take part in one or both:

August 15th:  Tour of the different experiments taking place and
discussions with the owners and operators of those technologies to
provide the security expert’s view of the strengths and weaknesses of
the technology.

August 16th:  Penetration testing of a set of those technologies as
they are being deployed to simulate attacks they will face when
fielded in hostile environments.

The attached document contains more information on the experiments
that will be taking place and the organizations involved.  If you are
interested in taking part in the security assessment on one or both
days please RSVP to george@roguegenius.com by August 1st.

Thank you for your time and interest in supporting the development of
secure technologies for use in crisis and disaster response
operations.

george

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