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

Barry Titterton titterton.barry at gmail.com
Tue Aug 26 15:50:21 UTC 2014

On 26/08/14 10:15, mark 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
Yes, I am interested in a security based event.

Barry T

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