Getting a Handle on Privacy and Security

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Scheduled: Thursday, June 28, 2012 from 1:30 – 2:15pm in B301


When was the last time you read a Privacy Policy, or looked at self-signed certs in the browser? How about cookie management? I bet you have awesome passwords! Lets face it, the browser does little to help the normal user in understanding and managing their privacy and security. This talk explores some of those issues, looks at projects Mozilla is working on in the area, and hopes to get developers and user experience people engaged in improving the usability of privacy and security in the browser.

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For even the above average user, understanding issues around privacy and security are difficult at best, understanding how to protect your privacy and security can be near impossible. Web browsers could do more to help you understand your privacy and security footprint. Web browsers could be better at helping you do the right thing when it comes to privacy and security. I’ll take you through some of the ongoing experiments in Mozilla Labs around privacy and security, and as a group we can discuss some ideas around making the browser work better for users. I’m particularly interested in getting User Experience experts thinking about the current state of privacy controls in the browser and on the web, and what we as a community can do to improve. With enough interest, this session could lead into a hack session.

Speaking experience

new talk though a similar one will be given at mozcamp in april. i've spoken at oscon, a couple php/py-tek conferences, FSOSS, LinuxFest NW, several conferences in europe such as eliberatica, just to name a few off the top of my head.


  • Shane Caraveo

    Mozilla Labs


    Shane Caraveo is a technologist working in Mozilla Labs exploring new ideas and
    functionality for the web. He is particularly interested in user-centric
    functionality around social networking and privacy as well as technologies that
    help foster the long-tail of the web. He currently resides in Vancouver, BC
    Canada, where he previously worked for ActiveState building tools for
    developers, building on top of Mozilla software. He’s been involved in building
    for the web since the late 90s as a part of the PHP development team. He’s been a developer, a product manager, a tinkerer and conference speaker.