Las Vegas — Security researchers need to fight for the rights to study, modify and reverse engineer Internet hardware and software or the general population risks losing Internet freedom, the Black Hat 2015 conference was told.
“The dream of Internet freedom is dying,” warned Jennifer Granick, the Director of Civil Liberties at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society during the conference keynote. Four things are killing it: centralization, regulation, globalization and loss of “the freedom to tinker,” she says.
It sounds like hobbyists at play but the freedom to tinker enables people to dismantle and reverse engineer the hardware and software that runs the Internet – the bread and butter of Black Hat attendees. But with laws that forbid purchasers of software from tearing it down to see how it works, eventually people have access to that information…