Stephen Cobb

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Gender MALE
Industry Internet
Occupation Researcher in technology risk and ethics
Location San Diego, California, United States
Introduction Left-handed. Color-blind. Amusiac. Thirty years researching and teaching data privacy and digital technology security, risks, and ethics. Spoke at DEF CON III in 95. CISSP since 1996. Working to close the security skills gap by encouraging women and minorities (#HeForShe). Pushing for better cybercrime deterrence, more ethics in technology education, and global agreements to increase stability in cyberspace. Member of the global security research team at ESET. (Views expressed by me on this blog are mine.) What else? Wrote a bunch of technology books. Started two successful security companies. Produced an award-winning documentary about civil rights (file under: made no money, but did make a difference). Try to raise awareness of hereditary hemochromatosis, the most common genetic killer in the Western world (that permanently disabled my partner). Got my MSc in Security and Risk Management from the Criminology Department of the University of Leicester, England. Failures? Lost a fortune in the Great Recession. Never could sing or play a musical instrument, which I now know is due to congenital amusia, not a defect in my character.
Interests Security, privacy, ethics, technology, equality, hemochromatosis, amusia, #HeForShe
Favorite Movies Dr. Strangelove, Brazil, Blade Runner, 2001, Traffic, Chinatown, Apocalypse Now, Until the End of the World (7 hour director's cut), Das Boot, Nashville, The Jerk, Midnight Run, Being There, Lawrence of Arabia, Soldier Blue, The Lego Movie
Favorite Music Otis Redding, Jimi Hendrix, Joni Mitchell, Carl Schnauss, Erik Wøllo, Yes, Björk, Kate Bush, U2, Bob Marley, Al Stewart, Afro Celt Sound System, KD Lang, anything featuring Steve Donnelly on guitar.
Favorite Books Shakespeare's Complete Works (the first iPhone app I paid for). Montaigne's Essays, Doctor Wooreddy's Prescription for Enduring the Ending of the World (Mudrooroo). Spy novels by Furst, Le Carre, Steinhauer, Herron, and Wilson. Detective fiction from Tidy, Griffiths, Tidy, Robertson, Bolton, Kerr, and Grainger.