“If government authority weren’t acting in good faith for the public welfare, they might find any legal or technical control over the Internet irresistible to abuse, especially if they weren’t knowledgeable of or concerned with the potential ramifications of exercising such power.”
“It only takes one irrational leader to start a world war. It only took one equation to change warfare. As Einstein himself put it, “Politics are for the moment. An equation is for eternity””
“The lack of female computer scientists can be attributed to the negative effects of cultural stereotypes, barriers in the educational system, and the small number of female role models for young women; outreach programs, increased awareness of the problem, and a changing economic climate may increase the percentage of women in computer science.”
Suzanne grew up in northern California amid a triumvirate of forests, wine country, and rugged coastline. Her youth consisted of summers spent reading voraciously, visiting museums in Chicago with her family, and lots of time amongst redwood trees appreciating nature and honing her budding engineering skills on miniature dams in forest streams. Suzanne’s curiosity and talent eventually landed her at Stanford University where she studied Computer Science and how people and technology interact. While at Stanford, Suzanne designed the Wearable Computing Lab’s website which was hosted on a matchbox-sized Linux server. At the time, it was the smallest webserver in the world. Lately, she’s been focusing on how global movements function without a figurehead and has even launched a few campaigns herself aimed at health care and banking reform. If Suzanne learned anything from a youth spent in nature, it’s that everything has a cycle. She’s keeping the wheel turning by taking her own family on long hikes and by helping her oldest daughter draw abstract diagrams of how the Internet works. After having spent time with Acquia and Pantheon Platform, Suzanne is currently leading a team of Solution Engineers at Cloudflare to help solve complex Internet security and performance problems for enterprise customers.
Science, Technology, & Society, 2011
Computer Science, 2001
The story of Stuxnet reads like a cross between a work of cyberpunk fiction and an international spy novel. In 2009 the world community was intensely debating the immediacy of Iran’s nuclear weapon program readiness. Meanwhile, a clandestine software project, sponsored by a cyber superpower with vast resources, was engaged in coding the first known malware rootkit to monitor and subvert the programmable logic controllers of an industrial system, allegedly the Iranian Natanz uranium enrichment facility.
Sebastopol is a bucolic little hamlet seated in the western portion of Sonoma County, California. Formerly known for its Gravenstein apples, most orchards have long been planted with vineyards, or converted into the corporate grounds of the tech publishing firm O’Reilly Media. But several years ago a heated battle served to overturn the relative serenity of this community. The conflict erupted over the town’s implementation of a contract for a public Wi-Fi network in its main plaza.