The Ruxcon panel discussion returns once again and is ready to ignite conversation on issues that have popped up during the past year. This year we are focusing on topics that have been covered by the technology and mainstream media, and it will be up to our esteemed panel of experts and commentators to separate fact from fiction and offer insight into what can be complex issues. As always, our panel consists of passionate experts from the entire spectrum of the computer security universe.

The panel is held as an informal discussion between our experts. Special guest speakers may pop in and out of the panel and they will be able to provide their own specific insight into the discussion at hand. Delegates are invited to use the questions we've given to our panel members as a starting point and contribute to the panel by asking questions throughout the session.


  1. Data Retention Laws
  2. Increased ASIO powers (single warrant third-party hacking)
  3. Post Snowden leakers
  4. Gamma International
  5. The Fappening





Patrick Gray is an information security journalist and best known as the host of the Risky Business podcast on Risky.Biz. Over the last decade he's written about infosec for The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Bulletin Magazine,,, ZDNet and others.




Scott Ludlam, a former graphic designer, environmental and social justice campaigner and political advisor, was elected in November 2007 and again in April 2014 as an Australian Greens Senator for Western Australia. He is currently one of 11 Australian Greens members of parliament who have established a track record of positive negotiations with all parties in Parliament.

Scott is spokesperson for the Greens on Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Housing, Sustainable Cities, Defence and Nuclear Issues.

Scott was a leading voice against the Federal Government's attempt to introduce a mandatory net filter, moved amendments to better secure public ownership of the National Broadband Network and has been a strong advocate for a diverse, accessible communications sector. 

Scott is a member of the Joint Committee on the National Broadband Network; Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade; Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade; Joint Select Committee on Cyber-safety; Joint Standing Committee on Treaties and the Standing Committee on Privileges



Research Fellow in Computing at University of Melbourne

Vanessa Teague is a research fellow in the computing and information systems department at the University of Melbourne. She's worked on cryptographic protocols for electronic voting ever since finishing a CS PhD at Stanford on cryptographic protocols for economic games. Australia's unusual voting system constitutes a special challenge. She was part of the team that designed the end-to-end verifiable voting system that will run in the upcoming Victorian state election.

She also spends a lot of time explaining to parliamentarians and electoral officials that requirements for transparency, privacy and verifiability apply to computerised voting too.

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E-Crime Detective at Victoria Police

Tony Dimou is a Detective at Victoria Police, with 21 years of policing experience, the last 8 years at the E-Crime Squad specialising in technology crime investigations and computer forensics.  As a Victoria Police E-Crime subject matter expert, he is experienced in using forensic tools, procedures and investigative techniques.  Tony has conducted and supervised numerous investigations involving denial of service attacks, unauthorised access and modification of data, distribution of malware and financial crimes.  

He initiated the technology crime training program that is taught to all police recruits and investigators at the Victoria PoliceAcademy.  Tony also currently teaches cyber law and investigation techniques at Swinburne University.




Doran came up in the BBS days writing demos for warez groups, and has had one foot in the scene ever since.
He's been drinking with hackers since long before ruxcon, been arrested with them, seen them grow up, sell out and go mad.

Julian Assange once refused a free beer from him.

Once described as a "computer science junkie", Doran has worked at a swag of startups and occasionally larger companies, been to India with an NGO, earned most of a masters at RMIT, done a bit of consulting and mostly managed to stay out of a suit.

Spruiking open source and responsible engineering in sectors spanning telecommunications, education, travel and media, he's had innumerable conversations about security, privacy, data governance, transparency and intellectual property.

A former keen follower of forums such as RISKS, cypherpunks, bugtraq, he's bemused to find some of the same conversations happening today in the public sphere.