Skytalks is a 'sub-conference' at DEF CON that gives a unique platform for researchers to share their research, for angry hackers to rant about the issues of their industry, and for curious souls to probe interesting issues, all WITHOUT the watchful eye of the rest of the world. With a strict and well-enforced "no recording" and "no photography" policy, research that is underway or critical of a vendor can be aired to your peers. You are presenting to other people in the computer underground, and very few topics are taboo. We invite the best of how DEF CON has been: the best of the computer underground -- and knowledge in all its forms. Esoterica is as welcome as 0-day here.
That said, this isn't a soapbox to say and trash whoever or whatever you want. Skytalks is old-school DEF CON. We welcome and encourage handles - we want your material to stand on its own, not what company's logo is on your slide deck. We encourage the audience to ask questions and challenge what does not seem to be right. Speakers can and will be held accountable for their material by their peers... loudly and perhaps drunkenly.