[Durham] [dfs3] privacy and security on the internet

David Walland davidwalland at googlemail.com
Tue Aug 26 12:13:55 UTC 2014

Dear Mark,

I'd be interested, not because I have great concerns about my own privacy
but because I get to chat about it from time to time and don't know
enough.  My privacy issues are more around hacking and interference with my
contacts list which ClamAV has handled well so far.  (Anyone who wants to
read all my posts and my poetry is welcome to be bored to tears anytime
they fancy).

So, if I can make time on the day, I'm certainly interested to be part of
this, especially as I'll certainly learn many things about Linux as well.



On 26 August 2014 10:15, mark <mark at aktivix.org> wrote:

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> Hi folks
> This email is to invite discussion and gauge interest about a possible
> event. Please respond to say if you're interested, or to join in the
> discussion.
> I'm copying in the Transition Durham mailing list because this relates
> to thinking globally & acting locally to build decentralised,
> resilient communications, and I think we all want that :)  Sorry if
> anyone gets this message more than once due to list overlap.
> Now the detail: One of the things that came out of the dfs3 day [1] at
> the Miners' Hall was that some people were interested in learning
> about privacy and security on computers / the internet.
> Over on the Durham Linux User Group mailing list (cc'ed, reply there
> please), there's a discussion taking place about whether to organise a
> session devoted to practical cryptography [2], and what its scope
> should be.
> One option is to just look at "signing PGP keys"; PGP is a widely used
> system for sending private emails over the internet, and proving who
> you are; "signing keys" means building a decentralized global common
> web of trust. You can read more technical info here [3] or take a
> simple course for beginners here [4].
> Another option is to make the scope a bit broader, and host what's
> called a "cryptoparty". That means we would be helping each other with
> not just PGP, but other uses of encryption as well. Things like
> encrypting your hard drive so potential thieves can't see your
> personal stuff, sending private messages over chat networks, digital
> anonymity and more. You can read more about the cryptoparty idea here [5].
> So, would you be interested in joining in an event in either of these
> formats?
> Either event should be suitable for computer users of all abilities
> but if anyone has concerns about any potential obstacles to
> participation, feel free to contact me in private if you prefer to
> discuss them off-list. That would mean addressing an email to
> mark at aktivix.org rather than clicking 'reply' to this message.
> Cheers,
> Mark
> [1] https://network23.org/dfs3/
> [2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cryptography
> [3] https://www.gnupg.org/index.html
> [4] https://p2pu.org/en/groups/encrypt-and-sign-your-email/
> [5] https://www.cryptoparty.in/index
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> Comment: Using GnuPG with Icedove - http://www.enigmail.net/
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