What’s the Worst That Could Happen? presented at OWASPNewZealandDay 2020

by Petra Smith,

Summary : From digital surveillance to technology-facilitated abuse to algorithmic bias, you don’t have to go far to find examples of how technology can cause real harm to real people. Technology can fail or be abused in ways its creators never anticipated, and have serious unintended consequences, especially for people who are already vulnerable, marginalised or persecuted.When we’re making something for other people to use, we want to make sure it’s safe and secure. Threat modelling is a great way to discover how the thing we’re building could be misused, but it relies on our ability to imagine all the ways that someone could use it to cause harm. How can we be confident that we’re keeping people safe when they face threats that are literally unimaginable?To answer “what could go wrong,” we need to go beyond the power of imagination and get out of our comfort zone. Aimed at developers, testers and everyone else involved in making things people use, this talk will introduce practical actions you can take to get to know your most vulnerable users, and offer strategies for creating things with their safety and security in mind.