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On #technology, discussion of harassment, sexual assault, and community responses to them. Originally posted in 2014, you can follow Leigh Honeywell @hypatiadotca.

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Content note: discussion of harassment, sexual assault, and community responses to them.

It’s Vegas Security Dog-and-Pony Show Week[1], and I’ve come to dread the stories I will inevitably hear about harassment and assault at Defcon and the assorted computer security events that happen around it. It’s an occupational hazard of being one of the few people speaking out about harassment in infosec – I end up being the person people vent to, a safe outlet for the terrible things people don’t feel safe airing in public. Every year, it’s the same awful litany – assault, groping, drink-spiking, and all varieties of harassment – 5-10 incidents every year for the past five years. I hear these stories from people of all genders, from respected experts and neophytes. I didn’t even attend last year, and I still heard stories. Every year, I learn that another person I once respected as a…

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