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Black Hat USA cans planned keynote speaker following outcry

This year’s Black Hat USA has axed keynote speaker US House rep Will Hurd (R-TX) after outcry over his politics and voting record.

Attendees and presenters threatened to boycott the annual security conference due to the congressman’s support for anti-abortion laws, efforts to defund Planned Parenthood, and unwillingness to back women in STEM, TechCrunch first reported.

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