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Suggesting a new defcon event: Hackers Parliamentary Debate or HPD
From: Gadi Evron <ge () linuxbox org>
Date: Mon, 23 Mar 2009 05:10:08 +0200

Hi all,

We posted a suggestion for a new defcon event on the defcon forums -- a
debate tournament!

https://forum.defcon.org/showthread.php?p=103437

If you think this is a good idea, support us on the forum. :)

We'd also be happy to answer any question in email. To avoid list
clutter, off-list replied are requested.

Organizers:
Gadi Evron
Dan Kaminsky
Steve Llano

Highlights from proposal:
British Parliamentary Debate is a style of debating based on the how the
British conduct business at their Parliament. Two teams consisting of
two members each, face off against each other trying to defend or attack
a certain proposition. Then another two teams pick up where they left.
This is done in an organized fashion as detailed below.

Example propositions:
This house will ban the use of firewalls
This house will make hacking illegal
This house will legalize mandatory full disclosure
This house believes the source of evil in this world is Windows
This house will support giving guns to hackers
This house believes script kiddies should be shot
Hacking saves lives
Ninjas are better than Pirates
Family guy is better than The Simpsons
Kids who play video games kill people
Star Trek is better than Star Wars
Pluto is a planet
Beer should be free
Coke is better than Pepsi
RFID will put the economy in recession

Parliamentary debate has become increasingly popular in recent years. It
differs from the regular college Policy Debate in that the participants
have only 15 minutes prep time after learning of what motion
(resolution) they are going to work with. It requires thinking on your
feet and agile minds.

Rules:
1. Be professional.
2. Follow parliamentary procedure.
3. No swearing.
4. Have fun!
5. [Optional] Defcon rule addition: drink alcohol.
(judging team my enforce drinking when buzzwords, empty slogans and
logical fallacies are used)


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