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Simply Secure provides thought leadership on the application of human-centered design in building information security products. Read our summaries and observations of industry functions

Underexposed: Residency Pilot Recap

In 2019, Simply Secure piloted a residency model. Learn more about why and the fellows work.

Security is a “Design in Tech” Trend

Designers are urgently needed to help build products and services people trust. Here’s how design professionals are starting to embrace security.

What ‘90s London Raves Can Teach Us About Infosec

One of the highlights of HybridConf 2016 was hearing writer Stevyn Colgan talk about his time as a police officer at London's Scotland Yard. He entertained the audience of UX designers and front-end developers with stories from his book, Why Did the Policeman Cross the Road?. As someone who is... (Read more)

Learning from Drones

Last week, I encountered discussions of drones in two unimaginably different contexts: in an academic presentation at USENIX Security 2016 and on the TV comedy Portlandia. As distant genres, they offer different perspectives that have equally important UX implications for privacy preservation.In the opening keynote of USENIX Security, Dr. Jeannette... (Read more)

Event: UX in a High-Risk World

As you know, building great software depends on a deep knowledge of users. If you're working on a project targeted at people who operate in high-risk situations, such as activists and journalists, it can be hard to get the quality insight you need to design features and experiences that will... (Read more)

Developers Are People, Too: Supporting Cryptographic Agility

On Monday I had the pleasure of speaking at a Workshop on Cryptographic Agility and Interoperability held at the National Academies by the Forum on Cyber Resilience.The assembled group of academics, policy-makers, and practitioners touched on a variety of problems around the practical application of cryptography in production software. The... (Read more)

Design Matters: 2016 Design in Tech Report

For the past two years John Maeda (whose previous roles include Professor at the MIT Media Lab and President of the Rhode Island School of Design) has issued a Design In Tech Report. This influential analysis, which Maeda presents at SXSW and has also been picked up by outlets like... (Read more)

Notes from the Internet Freedom Festival

I really enjoyed my time at the Internet Freedom Festival in Valencia, Spain. I was inspired and humbled to meet so many talented people as part of a global event about internet freedom. From powerful conversations about privilege to UX design jam sessions, it was a great week. With more... (Read more)

Video Roundup

It’s always great to attend security and privacy conferences in person. But in cases where you have to miss an event, online videos of the talks can be a great way to stay current with the ongoing conversation.Art, Design, and The Future of PrivacyAs I promised back in September, the... (Read more)

Notes on the O'Reilly Design Conference

Last week I went to the O'Reilly Design Conference and enjoyed learning about emerging UX trends. The conference was full of high-quality presentations on UX practice. Here are three of my favorite talks.The Many Minds of the MakerKnight-Mozilla Fellow Livia Labate shared examples of how designers can overcome barriers to... (Read more)

Users are people too: our talk at Shmoocon

Last week Gus and I gave a talk at Shmoocon in DC. The focus was on helping technologists who don't have experience in human-centered design processes conduct basic research to improve their existing open-source tools. We covered four basic steps that we believe even small or volunteer teams can take:... (Read more)

Underexposed: Building a Movement for Secure UX

Last week Simply Secure hosted a pilot workshop called Underexposed. A small group came together in San Francisco toShare successes and challenges in secure user experiencesDescribe processes and wishes for successful collaboration between designers, developers, and security professionalsPrioritize the most important topics and audiences for outreach.We also held participant-proposed breakout... (Read more)

Fostering Discussions Around Privacy

This week we've been busy in New York City meeting with our <ahref=""https://simplysecure.org/who-we-are#advisors">advisors</a> and co-hosting Art, Design, and the Future of Privacy.It was gratifying to see so many people turn out to discuss creative ways ofapproaching an issue that is dear to our hearts, and I know that I'm not... (Read more)

Art, Design, and the Future of Privacy

We're headed to NYC next week for our annual Advisors' Meeting. While we're there we're thrilled to be partnering with Dis Magazine to host Art, Design, and the Future of Privacy. If you're in the area, please join us; the event is free and open to the public.7:30pm, Thursday Sept... (Read more)

Kids’ Online Privacy: SOUPS Conference Keynote

Last week I went to the SOUPS conference in Ottawa. As a first-time attendee,it was a good opportunity to connect with some members of the academic usable-security community. One of thehighlights was keynote speaker Valerie Steeves.Steeves, sharing findings from her Young Canadians in aWired World research, reported results of an... (Read more)

Behind-the-Scenes: Emerging Conversations from Slack

Thank you to everyone contributing to the Simply Secure Slack channel. Ifyou’re interested in joining, email slack@simplysecure.org for aninvitation. I’m especially eager to get more UX people in privacy and securityinvolved, so spread the world. Here are some highlights from our recent Slackconversations.Sharing the Rationale for UX DecisionsCheck out Gabriel... (Read more)

Closing the Participation Gap: HotPETS Presentation Summary

I really enjoyed being part of the emerging-work track, HotPETS, at the PrivacyEnhancing Technologies Symposium earlier this month. From meeting lots of greatpeople to getting face-time with the Simply Secure team, Philadelphia wasfun.Scout and I presented “Human-CenteredDesign for Secure Communication: Opportunities to Close the ParticipationGap” as part of a session... (Read more)

Lessons from Architecture School: Part 3

This is the third and final installment in the series on Lessons fromArchitecture School: Lessons for IoT Security. You can also read the first and secondinstallments, or download the presentation.Thank you to the audience at Solid Conference forgood questions and lively discussion.Homes Are More Than HousesShop houses are a type... (Read more)

Lessons from Architecture School: Part 2

This continues Part 1 of aseries of posts drawn from a talk I gave at O’Reilly’s online conference Experience Designfor Internet of Things (IoT) on “Lessons from Architecture School for IoTSecurity.” You can find the slides for the original talk here. The talkencourages designers to think about security and outlines... (Read more)

Lessons from Architecture School: Part 1

This is the first in a series of posts pulled from a talk I gave atO’Reilly’s online conference Experience Designfor Internet of Things (IoT) on “Lessons from Architecture School for IoTSecurity.” The talk is a call to action for designers and non-technical peopleto get involved — with us at Simply... (Read more)