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DEF CON Safe Mode

August 6 - August 9

Is DEF CON 28 really canceled?

Yes, for really real this time. For the health and safety of our community, the decision has been made to put DEF CON 28 into “safe mode with networking”. The DEF CON in-person conference scheduled August 6-9, 2020 has been canceled.

See the announcement here: https://forum.defcon.org/node/232005

Black Hat USA also has an update to its plans. Details here: https://www.blackhat.com/us-20/updates.html

The ‘DEF CON is canceled’ meme has crossed over into real life, courtesy of COVID-19. In early March we had hopes that things would be stable by August. That is no longer realistic. Currently, there’s no way to gather everyone together and keep them safe, so The Dark Tangent has decided to cancel the in-person event.

We will try an experiment this year – an online DEF CON. Please read The Dark Tangent’s more detailed thoughts on the situation and then head over to the Forums to get involved. There is a DEF CON Safe Mode FAQ that should help to answer common questions.

We wish there was better news, but we hackers are a resilient bunch. Stay healthy, stay safe, and stay in touch so we can all be together virtually this August 6-9 and again for DEF CON 29 in person.


August 6
August 9


The Dark Tangent
dtangent at defcon.org