Upcoming StopBadware events: HostingCon, Online Trust Forum 2011

Posted on July 11, 2011 - 15:45 by ccondon

Happy middle-of-July, everyone: we hope the season is treating you kindly. The next few months are going to be pretty eventful for us—literally. We have several events coming up in various cities (all stateside for now), and we’d love to see some of you there. StopBadware will be at HostingCon in San Diego, CA, August 8-10; we’ll be exhibiting at the conference and promoting our Best Practices for Web Hosting Providers, so if you’re a rock star in the web hosting industry, be sure to stop by, say hello, and learn how you can demonstrate your commitment to protecting the online ecosystem!

After our summer conference debut, join us at the Online Trust Forum 2011 in Washington DC, October 17-19.  Hosted by the Online Trust Alliance, the Forum will address marketing, technical and regulatory challenges impacting trust and confidence in online services and communications. Now in its 7th year, the Forum brings together an international audience of business, industry, marketing, security, and government leaders to learn and collaborate on best practices to protect consumers and develop trust.

If you need another reason to come witness the all-star lineup at the 2011 Online Trust Forum, we’ll give you one: our intrepid leader, Executive Director Maxim Weinstein, will be participating in a panel called Evolving Cybercrime - How to keep from being a statistic along with leaders from the APWG, InfraGard, and Internet Identity. 

Early bird registration (register by August 12): You can save $100 by using the code PTRORG.

In addition, the Forum will include the 2011 Online Trust Leadership Awards. If your company promotes online trust and protects online safety and identity, let everyone know by nominating yourself for an Online Trust Leadership award. (And of course, if you’re so inclined, feel free to nominate StopBadware for the NGO award!) More>

To learn about other events around the world geared toward protecting the Internet and stopping badware, check out StopBadware’s Badware Events Calendar. If you know of a great badware-busting event that should be included on our calendar, let us know at calendar<at>stopbadware<dot>org.

StopBadware Bay Area Event October 4

Posted on September 21, 2010 - 16:06 by ccondon

Keeping the Net Healthy: A Conversation with Vinton Cerf, Paul Mockapetris and Esther Dyson

StopBadware is offering an exciting opportunity for anyone in the Bay Area interested in Internet security: Join StopBadware and The Commonwealth Club the evening of Monday, October 4 in Menlo Park, CA, for a discussion on how to keep the Net safe. Three Internet pioneers—all StopBadware Board members—will lead a conversation entitled Keeping the Net Healthy: How Can We Develop an Immune System for the Internet? with opening and closing remarks by StopBadware's Executive Director, Maxim Weinstein.



Vinton Cerf, VP and Chief Internet Evangelist, Google; one of the "fathers of the Internet"

Paul Mockapetris, Chief Scientist and Chairman of the Board, Nominum; creator of the Domain Name System (DNS)

Esther Dyson, Chairman EDventure Holdings; angel investor, philanthropist, and recently trained cosmonaut 


Viruses, spyware, spam, phishing, zombie machines. Several years ago, we might have thought of these as just a nuisance, and their perpetrators as mostly underemployed kids. Today, cybercrime is worth billions of dollars to loosely organized networks of criminals that prey on individuals, businesses and governments with malicious or profit-seeking intent. What are some of the current threats, and how is industry responding to them? What new threats might we expect in the coming years? Is the Internet's health partly a result of misaligned incentives, where those who cause the damage don't bear its costs? How can we change that? What more should industry, government and individuals be doing to protect the network and, ultimately, ourselves?


The event begins with a networking reception at 6:15, followed by the main program at 7:00. Tickets are $30 in advance and $50 at the door. Advance tickets are available here. We hope you'll join us for what promises to be a spirited and educational discussion.

A successful web chat

We'd like to express a heartfelt thanks to Adobe's Brad Arkin, Mozilla's Johnathan Nightingale, and the many people who observed and contributed to yesterday's web chat. The topic, applications' role in protecting users from badware, proved interesting and engaging. You can read the transcript of the chat here.

We hope to do more of these web chats in the future. What topics would you like to see covered?