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Events of interest to the Cyber Initiative community

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Our regular events schedule will resume in fall quarter (September 24th); over the summer we'll have occasional events, as well as job opportunities and other calls for participation. 
Chibitronics - Democratizing Tech and Bridging the Gender Gap with Andrew "bunnie" Huang  - 4pm, July 25th, Packard Building Room 101
In this talk, bunnie will discuss some of the technical aspects behind the introduction of paper based electronics, and some process details used to manufacture at scale. In addition, he will present initial results indicating that, by changing materials and approach, a broader swath of society can become engaged with technology. bunnie is best known for his work hacking the Microsoft Xbox, as well as for his efforts in designing and manufacturing open source hardware, including the chumby (app-playing alarm clock), Chibitronics (peel-and-stick electronics for craft), and Novena (DIY laptop). He received his PhD in EE from MIT in 2002. He currently lives in Singapore where he runs a private product design studio, Kosagi, and he actively mentors several startups and students of the MIT Media Lab.
Stanford Blockchain Center Seminar - Coda: Recursive Composition of SNARKs for a Compact Cryptocurrency. July 25th, 4:15pm, Allen Center for Integrated Systems (CIS), Room 101
Speaker: Izaak Metzler, CTO of O(1) labs
Coda is a novel SNARK based approach for blockchain scalability. With Coda full nodes just need to download a tiny proof that the blockchain is correct instead of downloading and verifying all transactions that have ever happened. Izaak will tell us how O(1) designed Coda and what the implications of it are.
Wanxiang Blockchain Hackathon - 3401 El Camino Real, 9am 7/28 - 6pm 7/29
Wanxiang Blockchain Labs has been hosting a series of blockchain hackathon since 2017. It is also one of the earliest, largest and most rewarding blockchain hackathon events in China, for which many talented developers have attended. This year, Wanxiang Blockchain Hackathon will move beyond China to the world to further promote the development and innovation of blockchain technology globally. Main Challenge: Blockchain Technology in Wanxiang Innova City (Wanxiang Group plans to invest RMB 200 Billion over 7 years, starting from 2017, in this ambitious project of 9 square kilometers. Unlike a traditional city with new technology added incrementally, at Innova City cutting-edge technology will be embedded in the fabric of its physical and data infrastructure from planning stage, enabling bolder innovations and ground-breaking experimentations. Among other things, Wanxiang Innova City is to be the first digitalized city running on a secure and versatile cloud infrastructure enabled by blockchain.)
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Call for Papers: Stanford Blockchain Conference 2019 The Stanford Blockchain Conference (formerly BPASE), now in its third year, brings together researchers and practitioners working on cryptographic consensus systems such as blockchains.  In these systems, design decisions have implications for the security, economic viability, and business risks.  As blockchains continue to evolve, they must be analyzed as mission-critical systems with attendant security and risk concerns.  This conference will explore new directions in blockchain design, for both public and private blockchain protocols. We are interested in all aspects of blockchain security and reliability.  We encourage submissions of both mature projects and novel early-stage work-in-progress, as well as survey and systemization of knowledge papers.
Submission instructions: Submissions can be full papers, including previously published ones, or talk abstracts, possibly including sample presentation slides.  Talks need not be finalized prior to submission, but please make sure that the submission provides sufficient detail to explain what technical content the talk will include. All submissions must be written in English, and be in PDF format. The submissions are optionally anonymous. If you choose to submit anonymously please remove all author names or affiliations in the submission document and select the appropriate option when submitting. 
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Postdoctoral position, Screenomics Lab, Byron Reeves - Digital experiences capture an increasingly large part of life, making them a preferred, if not required, method to describe and theorize about human behavior. Digital media also shape behavior by enabling people to switch between different content easily, and create unique threads of experiences that pass through numerous information categories.  The Stanford Screenomics Lab is building a framework to study moment-by-moment changes in how people use digital media by recording screen shots from personal digital devices every five seconds.  To date, we have collected over 25 million screen shots from adults in the US, China and Myanmar.  The data are being used to study the role of new media in a breadth of areas including, for example, the influence of social media on politics and democracy, development of precision health diagnostics and interventions, the role of media in the lives of people living in poverty, and the development of intimate social relationships via media. You will have the opportunity to work closely with a group of one dozen faculty and PhD students in several different Stanford schools and departments (Communication, Psychology, Medicine, Political Science, Computer Science), and with collaborators at other universities.  You will have a primary responsibility in the lab for designing and organizing data collection, computing resources needed for data acquisition and storage, database management, image and text coding, analytics, visualization and search.  And you will have an opportunity to collaborate on multiple projects and papers with members of the lab.
Security Manager, Center for Digital Resilience - The Center for Digital Resilience (CDR) aims to strengthen civil society’s resilience to digital threats. We work with regional and thematic communities of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) to improve their collective understanding of the threats they face and how to mitigate them. If and when those threats materialise we work with digital security experts to facilitate fast, effective responses. The CDR Security Manager oversees how CDR understands and communicates the digital security threats facing its partners and at-risk communities around the work. They will work with CDR staff and with partner communities to research, analyze, and share information about new and persistent digital security threats facing at-risk communities and human rights actors around the world. The Security Manager will also maintain and utilize internal notification and communications infrastructure including community mailing lists, PGP keys, newsletters, and blog posts. For more information and to apply, please visit:


Internships at the Center for Global Security Research (CGSR) at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory - This is a paid internship in Livermore, CA, working with the center's director and fellows on projects related to international security and technology.  In addition to assisting with ongoing projects, interns will also conduct individual research in relation with their interests and expertise.  We invite applications from current or recent students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.  Bachelors, masters and PhD candidates and recent recipients are welcome to apply.  Internships can last from a couple months up to a half-year. The broad array of potential topics include: deterrence, diplomacy, dual-use technologies, arms control, nonproliferation, peacekeeping, terrorism, energy security, nuclear security, cybersecurity, biological and chemical security, artificial intelligence, and the strategic repercussions of current and emerging technologies.  Work also focuses on Russia, China, North Korea, Southeast Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and the politics of these countries and regions as they relate to international security.  There are opportunities to do work across several topic areas.  Students with technical or social science or regional expertise are welcome to apply.  Those interested can learn more about the center and its research areas here: 
Applications for this round will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the July 27th deadline.


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