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Spotlight on Cloud: Public Interest Technology with Bruce Schneier

Technologists must get involved in public policy if we are to solve the biggest problems of the century

Bruce Schneier

Information security, IoT safety, data privacy, algorithmic security and fairness, AI, biotech, the future of work—information technology is now a public policy issue. But while an understanding of the technology involved is fundamental to crafting good policy, there’s little involvement of technologists in policy discussions.

This isn’t sustainable. We need public interest technologists: people from our fields helping craft policy and providing security to agencies and groups working in the broader public interest. We need them in government, at NGOs, teaching at universities, as part of the press, and inside private companies. This is increasingly critical to both public safety and overall social welfare.

Join us for this edition of Spotlight on Cloud to find out about the current state of public interest technology and to discover a way forward, for us individually and collectively for our field. The defining policy question of the internet age is this: How much of our lives should be governed by technology, and under what terms? We need to be involved in that debate.

O’Reilly Spotlight explores emerging business and technology topics and ideas through a series of one-hour interactive events. You’ll engage in a live conversation with experts, sharing your questions and ideas while hearing their unique perspectives, insights, fears, and predictions for the future.

In every edition of Spotlight on Cloud, you’ll learn about, discuss, and debate the complex, ever-evolving world of the cloud. Best of all, you’ll discover how successful companies have adopted and embraced this massive network of shared information and how you can follow their lead to transform your organization and prepare for the Next Economy.

What you'll learn-and how you can apply it

By the end of this live show, you’ll better understand:

  • How tech and public policy interact
  • What we as technologists can do to affect the public policy debate

This training course is for you because...

  • You're a technologist who’s curious or concerned about how technology and public policy can (or should) influence each other.


  • Come prepared with real-life examples of public policy challenges you’ve experienced to share during the Q&A portion, as well as your questions for Bruce Schneier
  • Have a pen and paper handy to capture notes, insights, and inspiration

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About your instructor

  • Bruce Schneier is an internationally renowned security technologist and was dubbed a "security guru" by The Economist. He’s the author of 14 books, including The New York Times best-seller Click Here to Kill Everybody, as well as hundreds of articles, essays, and academic papers. His influential newsletter Crypto-Gram and blog Schneier on Security are read by over 250,000 people. Schneier is a fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University; a Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School; a board member of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, AccessNow, and the Tor Project; and an advisory board member of EPIC and VerifiedVoting.org. He’s also a special advisor to IBM Security.


The timeframes are only estimates and may vary according to how the class is progressing

Thursday, December 5, 2019, at 9:00am PT / 12:00pm ET

  • Introduction and presentation (15 minutes)
  • Interactive discussion and Q&A (45 minutes)