Hackers’ Roundtable: A Conversation on Computing, Security, and Culture


Location: 129 DeBartolo Hall

the words Hackers Roundtable: A conversation on computing, security, and culture, with a graphic of a hooded figure working on a laptop

Organized by Notre Dame faculty members Walter Scheirer and Luis Felipe Murillo, “Hackers’ Roundtable: A Conversation on Computing, Security, and Culture” is free and open to the public and will feature:

  • Mike Schiffman, lead of network security engineering at Google
  • Rocky Witt, a senior security engineer in the cryptocurrency industry
  • Stephen Watt, a software engineer at DomainTools

Gabriella Coleman, a professor of anthropology at Harvard University whose scholarship focuses on the politics, cultures, and ethics of hacking, will serve as moderator.

“This roundtable will bring together, for what we believe to be the first time, three prominent computer hackers from the golden age of the underground hacking scene of the 1990s and early 2000s in conversation with one of academia’s leading voices in the burgeoning field of hacker studies,” said Scheirer, Dennis O. Doughty Collegiate Associate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at Notre Dame.

“Hackers have had an outsized influence on the technologies we use on a daily basis, but their story isn’t often told to the public,” added Murillo, an assistant professor of anthropology at Notre Dame. “This event will be a unique window into the culture that helped bring us the modern internet.”

The roundtable is sponsored by the Department of Computer Science and Engineering; Department of Anthropology; John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values; Notre Dame Technology Ethics Center; Navari Family Center for Digital Scholarship; Lucy Family Institute for Data & Society; Notre Dame International Security Center; Idzik Computing and Digital Technologies Minor; Sheedy Family Program in Economy, Enterprise, and Society; and College of Arts and Letters Office of Digital Strategy.