Internet Protocols Demystified

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Session Description

The tools and tech we work on relies on protocols: "rules of the road" about how machines talk to each other over different kinds of networks. This will be a workshop to talk more concretely about what protocols are, how they work, and to explore them with tools and analysis. What risks might the protocols themselves pose to our users' privacy, free speech, personal safety, and other rights? What sort of choices can you make about what to use? Do specific protocols concentrate power or disperse it? We'll focus specifically on Internet protocols, but discussion of the link-layer, mobile networks, personal area networks, and other communications protocols are welcome too. People with all ranges of knowledge are welcome: if it's all alphabet soup to you, we can make it clearer. If there's a question you weren't sure where to ask about how all these pieces fit together, come ask it. And if you've been designing these things for years, come help explain to others how they got the way they are and what you see as the tradeoffs in protocol design and network choices. We can't start to imagine a better network until we share a clearer understanding of the one we're using right now.

Internet Protocols Demystified
Presenter/s Daniel Kahn Gillmor (dkg)
Bio/s I'm a Staff Technologist and Infrastructure Analyst at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). I work on the intersection of technology and civil liberties, with a particular focus on how the communications infrastructure we use can shape what sorts of societies are possible. I also work on trying to improve the underlying protocols and software at different layers, from the bits on the wire (or in the air) to the ideas and user-facing workflows that we expect regular humans to engage with. I'm a member of the Debian project, a participant at the IETF, a free software developer, and a bicyclist.
Language English

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