Stephen Cobb

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About me

Gender Male
Industry Technology
Occupation Independent Researcher
Location Coventry, Warwickshire, United Kingdom
Introduction Award-winning technologist and bestselling author, trying to understand and undo the mess that patriarchy has made of technology and our planet. Hampered by amusia and deuteranopia. Helped by an amazing partner and family. Have spent more than three decades researching, writing, and teaching at the nexus of technology, ethics, crime, and public policy. Spoke at DEF CON III in 95. CISSP since 1996. Pushing for more ethics in technology education and global agreements to increase stability in cyberspace. Started two successful infosec companies. Produced an award-winning documentary about civil rights (file under: made no money, but made a difference). Raising awareness of hereditary hemochromatosis (the widely under-diagnosed genetic defect that disabled my partner). MSc in Security and Risk Management from the Criminology Department of the University of Leicester, England. Failures? Nearly lost it all in the Great Recession. Can't sing or play a musical instrument (due to congenital amusia, not a defect in my character).
Interests Technology, ethics, risk, equality, amusia, hemochromatosis, #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.