Webstock 2010 schedule

Monday 15th February 2010

  • Evolution of Web Security: Fundamentals, Emerging Trends, and Ideas for the Future

    by Chris Shiflett

    This is a multi-faceted workshop that explores new concepts in web security. After a solid grounding in well-known exploits like cross-site scripting (XSS) and cross-site request forgeries (CSRF), I'll demonstrate how traditional exploits are being used together and with other technologies like Ajax to launch sophisticated attacks that penetrate firewalls, target users, and spread like worms. I'll then discuss some ideas for the future, such as evaluating trends to identify suspicious activity and understanding human tendencies and behavior to help provide a better, more secure user experience.

    At 9:00am to 12:30pm, Monday 15th February

    Coverage slide deck

Thursday 18th February 2010

  • Web design that grabs people

    by simplescott

    Join Scott Thomas, a lead web designer on President Obama's electoral campaign, as he explains how to design online communities that resonate and motivate. All too often, discussions of analytics, clickthrough rates, and search engine optimization cloud the important truth that online campaigns and communities are for human beings. Come discover how to use superior design, authentic messaging, and valuable content to delivering resonant messages that connect with your audience through the noise of the Internet.

    At 9:05am to 9:45am, Thursday 18th February

    Coverage video photo


  • Dense and Thick

    by Mark Pesce

    It may be hard to believe, but we're only just at the very beginnings of the web revolution. In the first fifteen years (1994-2009), the human world of culture and civilization was sucked into the black hole of cyberspace. Now the real world is poised to follow. Augmented Reality (AR) shows that when we peer through a portal, and look upon the world, it's almost embarrassingly empty of our annotations. That data is there - the world is the database of itself - but it can't be brought immediately to hand with a search or a gesture. That's the next place we will go: we will build a virtual body for the real world, a dense database of everything, both natural and artificial. In fifteen years' time, we'll wonder how we got along without it.

    This means that the clock has been reset. Everything we thought we knew about how the Web works, what the Web does for us, and who controls the Web is up for grabs, once again. We will see bright shining stars - and sudden, brief supernovas - just as we did in the Web's early years. The opportunities are breathtaking, the innovations will be flying fast and thick. All of this is now within our grasp.

  • Elements of a Networked Urbanism

    by Adam Greenfield

    Even though, according to the statistics of the UN Population Division, the final shift only happened at the end of 2008, it is already a cliche to note that humanity is now predominantly an urban species. We think we understand what this means, but the truth is that cities themselves are changing: the urban fabric, in the developed and developing world both, is increasingly being reimagined as a field of interactive, networked information-gathering, -processing, -storage and -display resources.

    What happens to urban form and metropolitan experience under such circumstances? What are some key implications for us, as designers, consumers and, most importantly, as citizens?

    Coverage video

  • Embracing Evolution: Iterative Design Strategies

    by Daniel Burka

  • How jQuery Makes Hard Things Simple

    by John Resig

  • How the Web Works

    by Jeffrey Veen

    Turns out that the fundamental principles that lead to the success of the web will lead you there, too. Drawing on 15 years of web design and development experience, Jeff will take you on a guided tour of what makes things work on this amazing platform we're all building together. You'll learn how to stop selling ice, why web browsers work the way they do, and where Rupert Murdoch can put his business model.

    Coverage video

  • Introduction to jQuery

    by John Resig

  • Security Centered Design: Exploring the Impact of Human Behaviour

    by Chris Shiflett

    Security is more than filtering input and escaping output (FIEO), and it's more than cross-site scripting (XSS) and cross-site request forgeries (CSRF). Security isn't even always black and white. In order to create a more secure user experience, we need to understand how people think. Perception is as important as reality, and meeting user expectations is a fundamental of good security. In this multifarious talk, I'll explore topics such as change blindness and ambient signifiers, and I'll show some real-world examples that demonstrate the profound impact human behavior can have on security.

  • Stack Overflow: Building Social Software for the Anti-Social

    by Jeff Atwood

  • The Lean Startup

    by Eric Ries

  • The World Wild Web

    by Rives

    One poet's journey from page to stage, with pit stops in HTML, travel, weird fortune, memes, happiness and other fancy stuff.