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Black Hat cancels Rep. Will Hurd's headline speech after Twitter backlash


Rep. Will Hurd of Texas is no longer scheduled to give a headline speech at the Black Hat cybersecurity conference.

In an abrupt about-face, the organizers of Black Hat USA removed Rep. Will Hurd as keynote speaker on Friday, a day after they had announced his appearance at the annual cybersecurity conference. The cancelation of the politician's appearance followed a backlash on Twitter, where people in the industry called it inappropriate.

"We are still fully dedicated to providing an inclusive environment and apologize that this decision did not reflect that sentiment," conference organizers said in part in its statement ...


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