We’re proud to be hosting the first ever BSides Winnipeg security
conference this November in Winnipeg! BSides is a different kind of
conference - it’s highly technical, providing the latest up-to-date
information “from the trenches”, so to speak. The combination of low
cost with high quality talks makes this perfect for anyone from students
to industry professionals!
The conference will take place over two days (November 16 and 17, 2013)
on the second floor of the King’s Head Pub. It runs from noon - 7pm both
days, after which the bar is open to the public (attendees are welcome
to stick around, if they want!)
This talk is about building bots. Specifically, it will focus on @abotlafia, a Twitter bot inspired by the “bot” in Umberto Eco’s 1988 novel Foucault’s Pendulum. The talk will demonstrate how little code is required to create automated accounts on Twitter. This will be followed by a discussion of the security/ethical implications of algorithmic social media accounts, and the possibility of a future where we are unable to determine who is real and who is a bot on the Internet.