October 24, 2014

How an Unprecedented Face-to-face Meeting of 11 Geeks Will Make the Internet More Secure

Six months ago, when the Heartbleed bug threatened your bank account, your passwords, and your online life, people suddenly cared about OpenSSL, the open source version of crucial security standards that keep safe huge swathes of the internet. They wanted to know what it all meant and who was responsible for keeping them safe. (As it happens, the people most closely involved were two middle-aged guys called Steve.)

But at LinuxCon Europe 2014, a conference for the open source software movement held earlier this month in Düsseldorf, 11 OpenSSL developersâmost of them volunteers who had jetted in from around the world to meet in an anteroom off the main convention floorâwere roundly ignored.

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