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Mass surveillance of the public, targeted surveillance of minorities, corporate surveillance of consumers… It seems like there is a lot to be afraid of these days, with every move we make being tracked and documented for future reference. It's clear that our digital communications are simply not secure unless we go out of our way to defend our human right to privacy.
One way to become strong is to arm ourselves with information and skills. Despite the scary state of the world, there are things we can do to empower ourselves from the surveillance machine: We can embrace cryptography and defend our right to free speech. And what better setting to do that in than to meet other people over a slice of pizza who want to discuss such issues and take action into our own hands?
A CryptoParty (aka Encryption Potluck Night) is a space to hang out and teach each other practical tools of digital security, such as how to set up email encryption on your computer and how to browse the web anonymously. Don't know much about computers? Don't worry! We will use accessible language and help you along every step of the way. Bring your questions. Bringing a computer isn't mandatory to participate. There is lots more conversation to be had as well. We welcome experts and other curious people who want to have detailed, technical conversations about cryptography, computer science, and technology. A goal of the CryptoParty is that people leave with actively implemented encryption tools on their devices to go start using in the real world.
Here are a few topics we'd like to cover this month (we were inspired by Noisebridge):
- Around 6:30 we will start introductions, where everyone can say what they're interested in learning / what they're available to teach / what topics you want to discuss (cuz there's a lot to say about crypto!)
- Threat identification
- Choosing good passwords and using password managers (+ two-factor authentication)
- Disk encryption for your devices
- Using https and installing HTTPS Everywhere
- Using Tor
- Using secure Skype/phone/text replacements
- Smart phone security
Potluck snacks/BYOB. Kids welcome to join.
If you want to prepare before coming, you can find some encryption how-to guides here: https://www.cryptopartyatx.org/?page=1&os=win&js=auto-yes Also check out EFF's Surveillance Self-Defense Guide: https://ssd.eff.org/
We are always seeking “Crypto Angels” who would like to share their knowledge and lead small workshops on specific topics. If you're interested in helping out at future events, come on by and meet us!