Speech analysis: Keren Elazari “Hackers: the Internet’s immune system”

Keren Elazari covers a very technical and controversial topic: hackers. Her main point is that they are needed by the society to push it forward and protect our freedom. The video is accesible from the TED site:

The main strong points of this presentation are for me:

  1. Strong and memorable sentences: “I’m here today because I think we actually need hackers” nearly at the beginning clearly shows what her position is. “This is the rush of power that hackers feel” summarizes another fragment. Keren isn’t afraid to express strong opinions and we remember then. On the other hand, she offers examples and support for her points.
  2. Strong beginning and ending: the speech starts with a scene of a hacker able to get money from ATMs and ends with a cry: “ it is not information that wants to be free, it’s us”. Note that there are also other strong moments and examples, but the ending is for me strongest of them all.
  3. Illustrations: for every subject she raises, she has a story with example and illustrations (photos, websites etc). For example, the story of the security problem in a router is better understood and remembered when you see a photo of the router yourself and also the message the hackers left.
  4. Explications of technical terms: hacking is full of complicated terms. Keren handles the explications well and puts them in place when needed. For example, she illustrates the full disclosure with the story of a Facebook bounty that went wrong.

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