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The Internet is making the world smaller, but it is doing nothing to reduce its population.  As a consequence, we as individuals have contact with a much larger number of others than we would have even only 20 years ago.

The ubiquity of the Internet has created a raft of computer security problems: unauthorised access, email forgery, SPAM, fraudulent phishing, denial of service, loss of privacy.  Many of these problems stem from not being sure that people (or computers or programs) are who they say they are.

In order to learn more about how to address these problems, we set the theme of AUUG 2004: Who Are You?

The Conference is the highlight of AUUG's year, and the best chance to meet with fellow technical professionals to discuss happenings in the world of UNIX, standards based computing and open source.

The conference programme is focused on computer security and issues of identity and authentication, but as is traditional for AUUG conferences the programme contains much that is of general interest.

We are pleased to welcome some international guests who are highly regarded in the field of computer security: Steve Bellovin is an AT&T fellow, and author (with Bill Cheswick) of the first widely published book on Internet firewalls.  Theo de Raadt is the lead of the OpenBSD project, a BSD 4.4 derivative that focuses on security.

I would like to thank all the speakers who have submitted their papers and tutorials, and the programme committee who helped bring them all together.  Many thanks to Liz Carroll, the Conference Chair, who has organised all the nitty gritty involved in staging the conference.  I'd also like to thank AJUG and ISOC-AU for contributing papers relevant to their particular fields of Open Computing.

I'd especially like to thank our sponsors - without their contribution we could not stage the event.

I commend the programme to you, and hope you enjoy and learn from the conference.

David Purdue
Programme Chair
AUUG 2004 - Who Are You?