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Yahoo Trust ‘UnConference’ to convene after RSA Conference

The day after RSA Conference ends next month, the newly announced “Yahoo Trust UnConference,” will convene in San Francisco.  Murmured to be TrustyCon's successor, the event will feature talks from IT security and privacy experts and academics, Yahoo CISO Alex Stamos revealed Tuesday.

Prior to taking on his position at Yahoo last March, Stamos co-founded TrustyCon, which convened during the same week as RSA Conference last year, but was established in protest of the event. Industry veterans who were scheduled to present at the RSA Conference, such as malware expert Mikko Hypponen and renowned cryptographer Bruce Schneier, boycotted the event in favor of TrustyCon after Reuters exposed an alleged $10 million deal between the National Security Agency (NSA) and security firm RSA, which led to the company using a weakened algorithm in one of its security products.

When asked on Twitter if the Yahoo Trust Unconference was occurring in lieu of TrustyCon, Stamos responded that he hoped TrustyCon “lives on as an independent event, but as far as trust-focused events during RSA week, I think this is it.”

The “unconference” will take place at Yahoo's San Francisco office at 110 Fifth Street on Saturday, April 25 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and ticket proceeds ($100 general admission) will be donated to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF).

So far, no speakers have been announced, but in his Tumblr blog post Stamos offered that the event will “bring together people with an interest or expertise in cryptography, web standards for security, anonymity protocols, browser security, and product security.”

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