Hacker Heroes and Villains: Evolving Role in Media presented at BSidesNova 2019

by Beau Woods,

Summary : Hackers may fascinate and terrify the public, yet media portrayals of hackers tend to lack authenticity and fidelity. Films and TV shows that center on harmful behavior and motivations, instead of diverse narratives in the real hacker community, do our community a disservice. Hacking is a superpower: for good or for ill. Better media role models will create the hacker heroes we need.Come watch a classic hacker film and discuss the portrayals of hackers in media and film, pointing out the good, the bad, and the ugly through the #hackerheroes hashtag on Twitter.