Recent Episodes

  • Building emotional resilience to fight disinformation

    15th Mar, 2022#17

    Using your expertise to fight disinformation and change people's perspective on the importance of cybersecurity – and the consequences of ignoring it – is no easy feat. But maintaining your mental health and ability to do this type of difficult work in the long run is just as big of a challenge. Baptiste Robert gives us a first-person account of what it's like to fight misinformation and help others make clear-headed decisions, plus advice you can use in your own situation.

  • The role of empathy in the fight against stalkerware

    8th Mar, 2022#16

    In today’s social media-dominated world, the word stalking has been flipped to mean being harmlessly followed online, getting a ‘like’, getting a retweet, having your profile viewed constantly, among others. In fact, some even see it as a good thing because it shows how interesting one’s life is. But, that’s just one side of the coin.

    The other side is dark and it involves using stalkerware to scare, deter, control, or hurt people by following their ever move. Eva Galperin exposed this phenomenon and built a coalition to actively fight it and protect victims around the world. We can all learn from her experience.

  • The empathetic side of secure software development

    1st Mar, 2022#15

    In the high stake world of software development, it is easy to put aside empathy and prioritize meeting deadlines. After all, developers are key players when you want to reduce time-to-market or deliver regular updates. In this episode, we talk to Tanya Janca about the We Hack Purple academy, how Tanya practices empathy and the impact it has on her team.

  • Cybersecurity tips for small business owners

    22nd Feb, 2022#14

    As small business owners who care deeply about security and privacy issues, we've invested quite a bit of time (and $) into educating ourselves and making sure we protect our assets and our customers' data. Today we're sharing our most reliable and effective recommendations with you, so you can focus on keeping your business safe, compliant, and growing.

  • Cybersecurity books that help us understand technology

    15th Feb, 2022#13

    “Digital vulnerabilities that affect one, affect us all.” These are some of the books that helped us understand the complex connections between technology development, cybersecurity, privacy, geo-politics, and human nature. Here's how they inspired our explorations and what we learned from them to improve our mindset and skillset.

It’s time to talk about Cyber Empathy

There’s more compassion, kindness, and empathy in cybersecurity than you imagine but you rarely hear about it. Let’s change this together!

Meet the people who dedicate their lives to keeping you, your loved ones, and all the things we often take for granted safe – across all technology layers.

Discover how they ensure your rights are protected as you interact with technology and how their actions – rooted in the hacker ethic – keep tech accessible, decentralized, and human.

Now is the time to talk about empathy in cybersecurity because we need the rich, diverse, and kind perspective it offers. When we understand how and why people connect through technology, we elevate our ability to make wiser decisions that benefit everyone.

Thank you for joining us!

Meet The Hosts

Photography of Andra Zaharia.

Andra Zaharia

I’m a cyber-realist with a over a decade of experience in communication. Since 2015, cybersecurity became my home.

I jumped at the opportunity to do work that I deeply care about and learn from smart, kind, and generous people.

Growing in cybersecurity made my life richer and opened my mind and heart. Now I strive to help others see these possibilities and act on them through meaningful content.

Photography of Dave Smyth.

Dave Smyth

I’m a designer and developer with a strong interest in privacy and ethics. I work at Scruples, a collaborative ethical design studio that helps clients make better decisions.

Beyond my work, I spread awareness of privacy and surveillance capitalism issues through my writing and side projects:

  • No To Spy Pixels – a campaign to help people become aware of email tracking pixels and encourage them to take action.

  • Below Radar – a community for freelancers and small business owners who want to reduce their reliance on Facebook, Google and techniques that fuel surveillance capitalism.

Cyber Empathy Manifesto

Cybersecurity is personal.

Keeping technology safe to use would not be possible without the personal involvement of people who pour their knowledge, expertise, and passion into it. They are the ones who see beyond technology. They see you. You can choose to meet them halfway and stay open to what they teach.

Cybersecurity elevates your critical thinking.

Understanding cybersecurity concepts, tools, and methods develops your systems thinking – the ability to solve problems in complex systems. This invaluable skill serves you well in any area of your life.

Cybersecurity needs empathy to reach beyond the echo chamber.

To reach those who need its protection the most, cybersecurity needs people willing to do the hard work of walking a mile in the shoes of people who often have other pressing needs (physical, emotional, financial – or all at once).

Practicing empathy in cybersecurity leads to better decisions for all, not just for a few.

Cybersecurity specialists have the opportunity to contribute to tech-related decisions with widespread impact. They can choose to add empathy to their perseverance when talking to decision-makers about risks and their consequences for other people.

Cybersecurity gives you the reflex to reflect.

When you see how bad actors manipulate technology and use it against you, you learn to slow down before making a decision. You also become better at evaluating risk, which leads to better, more informed choices.

Empathy creates room for diverse perspectives to join forces in cybersecurity.

When you empathize with another person, you can listen with curiosity and an open mind. Industry outsiders can bring in a fresh perspective. Technical leaders can share their expertise with more impact. Anyone can learn and improve, no matter where they are in their journey.

Cybersecurity gives you the tools to do good.

Empathy helps you use them. Imperfect as they may be, cybersecurity provides the means for you to choose a safer, wiser, and more ethical approach in your actions and choices. It also teaches you to protect our rights – and what specifically they are.