Olympia Hackbloc to Lead Workshops on Security, Communications Next Week!
Oly Hackbloc to Lead Security, Communications Workshops Next Week
"This holiday season you have the chance to give a great gift to someone you love. That gift being security and peace of mind. This is a great chance for you to hone your skills and develop them if you feel overwhelmed by the topic. Two year ago I took Ringo's workshop and have taken one since then. Thats two and this one will be my third."
Next Tuesday and Wednesday, December 22nd and 23rd, the Olympia Hackbloc (on tour!) will be leading a workshop series on security culture, computer security, encryption, and anonymity. These workshop is targeted towards activists, journalists, and members of the general public. We will also be giving a workshop on using Twitter as a communications system for actions. This system was used during the most recent RNC and the last two rounds of Port Militarization Resistance.
All participants will receive digital copies of the presentation materials. To help cover costs, participants are asked to bring $5 with them or donate whatever they feel is fair. Nobody will be turned away because they don't have money. For more information about Hackbloc, please see the Oly Hackbloc website at http://www.olyhackbloc.org or the main Hackbloc site at https://www.hackbloc.org.
1. Security Workshop
Tuesday Dec. 22nd 5-8PM
Wed Dec. 23rd 1-2PM
700 Kalamath St
Unlike many other workshops put on by radicals, this one will start on time so don't be late.
This is our four-hour crash course that now-famous snitch John Towery attended a total of four times. As far as we know, this is the only thing he went to that caused him to have a panic attack -- even being in black bloc didn't do it. Many attendees have taken this workshop numerous times due to the amount of content it covers. The first part of this workshop will be on Tuesday Dec 22nd from 5-8PM. The second part will be on the 23rd from 1-2PM. If you have a computer, you are strongly encouraged to bring it. A large portion of this workshop will be hands-on computer work. If you can browse the web, you know enough to learn what we'll be working on. If you have spare food or drinks, please bring them as there will be several opportunities for breaks. If you can only make a portion of the workshop, that's fine. You'll also probably want to bring something to take notes with. Flash drives or other external storage devices are extremely useful. If you have spare power strips/extension cords please bring them. Unfortunately our presenter is not a robot and does not have perfect timing. There will likely be a little overlap between workshops and depending on how quickly the workshop moves/what discussion topics and questions come up, it may go a little over time. An overview of what we're covering in both days is below.
Basic Workshop Overview:
-What encryption is and how it works
-How to encrypt files, emails, or your entire computer
-How to 'harden' your computer (how to secure it)
-Technology Available to Spooks, PIs, stalkers, etc. and effective counter-measures
-What security culture is and how to implement it
-How to protect your privacy online and in real life
-How to publish, communicate, and browse the web anonymously
-How to deal with informants, infiltrators, provocateurs, etc.
-How to work with sources and leak documents/information
Specific topics to be covered on Tuesday:
- What is Security? Anonymity? Security Culture?
- The main strategies people use to achieve security
- Setting up a security process
- How to safely deal with media and "the public", general information control
- Meeting, Convergence, and Communications Security
- Dealing with informants, techniques for establishing trust
- Planning for actions
- How to anonymously purchase, use, and dispose of stuff
- Secure travel, very basic counter-surveillance
- What types of government surveillance do we face, how can we fight back?
- How to securely delete files/wipe hard drives
- Basic computer hardening course (increase computer security)
- Basic Intro on How to browse the web and communicate anonymously online (more on Wed)
Specific topics to be covered on Wednesday:
- How to encrypt emails, folders, or your entire hard drive
- Basic Information on Keyloggers
- How to browse the web and communicate anonymously online
- We'll be using the programs: Tor, Thunderbird, Firefox, GNUPG, Enigmail, Truecrypt, DBAN
2. Twitter Communications System Workshop
Wed Dec. 23rd 2:00-3:00
700 Kalamath St
Have you ever wanted to work COMS (communications) at a major convergence? Do you want to use cell phones to help make your actions more effective? Twitter is a social networking website that allows people to send texts to lots of their friends for free. In the past, this has been used to help provide a communications infrastructure for protesters. This workshop is on Wednesday Dec. 23rd from 2:00-3:00 and will cover using Twitter-based communications systems at actions.