Clive Thompson

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Journalist, Author, Tech Industry Expert

A Contributing Editor for Wired and a contributor to The New York Times, Clive Thompson is a prominent technology writer, respected for longform journalism that delves into science, literature, history, and philosophy. He specializes in writing not merely about the inventors of technologies, but about how everyday people use them—often quite unpredictably. Drawing from his latest book Coders: The Making of a New Tribe and the Remaking of the World, Clive will discuss issues of privacy and cybersecurity through the lens of those who seek to disrupt them: the hacker community.


Wednesday, October 2 at 9:00AM – Why White-Hat Hackers Distrust Authority

White-hat hackers are often some of the most useful experts in fighting for the privacy of people online, and writing code to help keep our communications safe. But they’re also wildly distrustful of authority. In this talk, Clive will explain hacker psychology, their distrust of authority, and what it means for the future of cybersecurity. He’ll delve into some of the core values of hackers — like insatiable curiosity, open sharing of code, and the desire to be free from prying eyes — and show how that has put them in conflict with everyone from spy agencies to Hollywood.  Clive will also discuss how the landscape of cybersecurity has become so morally complex, where threats to digital security come not just from criminal enterprises but from western governments. Finally, Clive will show why white-hat hackers are still some of most valuable people fighting for everyday security.