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Keren Elazari      

Cybersecurity Expert; GigaOM Analyst & Hacking Expert

Keren Elazari is a security researcher, author, and strategic analyst. Her independent research work, analysis and writing about emerging security issues has been featured by TED, Scientific American, WIRED, VICE and more.

A GigaOM analyst and Israeli hacking scene insider, Keren Elazari moves through business, academic and security circles, researching new technologies and emerging security threats. Inspired by science fiction in her teenage years and fuelled by an insatiable curiosity, Elazari spent years investigating the darker corners of cyberspace.

Today, she emerges with a new understanding of the hacker underworld. Information is the new currency of our digital society, and those who can control it have become powerful actors -- whether they choose to be heroes or villains. As she says, "Hacking has become a superpower that can positively impact millions worldwide – if we learn how to harness it.”

Keren holds an MA in Security Studies from Tel Aviv University where she is a senior researcher at the Balvatnik Interdisciplinary Cyber Research Center, focusing on the complex relationships between hackers, industry and government. In 2014, Keren became the first Israeli woman to speak at the annual TED conference. Keren’s TED talk about the role of hackers has been viewed by millions, translated to 27 languages and selected for TED’s list of ‘Most Powerful Ideas ‘. She co-authored a book called “Women in Tech”, published by Penguin USA in March 2016.

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