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Decipher Podcast: James Plouffe


When Mr. Robot premiered in 2015 it was an immediate hit not just in the hacker community but with wider audiences, as well. The show follows the exploits of Elliot Alderson, a troubled young loner who gets involved with a small group of other hackers called F-Society and runs up against a variety of adversaries connected to the monolithic E-Corp. The show has a number of deeply technical storylines, and its creators relied on a handful of technical advisors to keep the hacking realistic, including James Plouffe, a lead architect at MobileIron. As the fourth and final season of Mr. Robot ramps up, James joined Dennis Fisher to talk about his experience working with the creators and writers of the show, Mr. Robot's effects on the culture and the challenges of portraying hacking accurately on TV.