Keynoting 0xcon in Johannesburg this year, I had the immense privilege of talking and sharing ideas about something that is dear to my heart. That is, giving back more than you take. And by giving back I don’t mean *just* doing research or writing tools. Instead, giving back includes things like writing documentation or even just teaching someone else!
In my talk, “your contributions, today” I reflected on a current view of practical security research and contributions in a time of ever-increasing systems complexity, abstractions and Instagram reels. By drawing parallels to the “Free-rider Problem” as described in an economics context, I argued that as an industry we need to caution against this phenomenon manifesting by actively making contributions.