Cliff tailors each presentation to the needs of his audience and is not limited to the topics we have listed below. These are subjects that have proven valuable to customers in the past and are meant only to suggest his range and interests. Please ask us about any subject that interests you; we are sure that we can accommodate you.
A Skeptical View of Computing
Does daily life require computers, digital networks? They’re irrelevant to cooking, driving, visiting, negotiating, eating, hiking, dancing, speaking, and gossiping. You don’t need a keyboard to bake bread, play touch football, piece a quilt, build a stone wall, recite a poem, or say a prayer. Virtual communities chatter about cybersex, cybersluts, and cyberporn, but the real thing isn’t there.
Rather than bringing us together, might our online obsession be isolating us from each other? Do computers belong in classrooms — or might they get in the way of learning? Why do libraries spend so much on multimedia gizmos rather than books, journals and librarians? If computers are so great for efficiency, how come American business productivity has been essentially flat over the past two decades? Most of all, what’s lost when we plop down in front of our keyboard?
Its time to inject a few notes of skepticism into the utopian dreams of a digital wonderland.
Stalking the Wily Hacker
Someone breaks into your computer. What do you do? Slam the door? Call the police? Ignore the problem?
For a year, a German computer programmer broke into my system, along with over forty other computers around the world. By silently tracking him back, I discovered that he was a spy, selling software and military data to the Soviet KGB. A couple of years ago, he was convicted of espionage.
What techniques did he use to crack into computers? Where are the holes in our systems? How do you trace someone across the worldwide computer networks? Who was willing to help -- and who wasn’t? Come hear "Stalking the Wily Hacker" and find out. A fun time is guaranteed for all.