As the many recent data hacks and Government surveillance leaks have demonstrated, our data is not secure, and the privacy of the individual is under threat. Privacy and the protection of our personal data will no doubt be one of the defining issues of the 21st Century, as it becomes more and more difficult for the public to trust in companies and Governments to keep our data secure and private.
SpunOut.ie are proud to partner with privacy activist Tommy Collison to run a workshop — or Crypto-party — where participants will be invited to bring along laptops and other mobile devices to learn how to use basic encrpytion tools and to discuss wider privacy issues. The workshop will take place on Wednesday, 7th January 2015 from 7pm – 9pm at SpunOut.ie's offices in Temple Bar, Dublin 2. Entry is free, but registration is required.
Whether you're browsing the Internet, or communicating with a loved one, privacy is a fundamental human right and it's a non-negotiable requirement for a functional democracy. Journalists need it to protect their sources, activists working under repressive regimes need it to make their voices heard, and ordinary citizens should be able to keep their professional and medical info secure.
The workshop is open to SpunOut.ie writers, readers and the general public. It will focus on the basic encryption tools we can all use to protect our privacy and will also look at privacy in the role of the journalist. Participants will learn about anonymous browsing, encrypted hard-drives and e-mails. We'll also talk about global surveillance and why a desire for privacy isn't inherently suspicious. The event is limited to 20 participants.
Register for the workshop now:
About Tommy Collison
Tommy Collison is an activist and writer who explores privacy and the future of journalism in a post-Snowden world. Tommy is enrolled in New York University and runs events where fellow media activists, writers, and journalists learn how to use encryption and privacy tools.
Event Code of Conduct
SpunOut.ie and I (Tommy Collison) are dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of participants in any form.
All communication should be appropriate for a professional audience including people of many different backgrounds. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate. Be kind to others. Do not insult or put down others. Behave professionally. Remember that harassment and sexist, racist, or exclusionary jokes are not appropriate. Attendees violating these rules may be asked to leave at the sole discretion of the event organizers. Thank you for helping make this a welcoming, friendly event for all. (Adapted from PyCon's Code of Conduct.)
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