toronto #cryptoparty

privacy through technology

Next event:

2pm Sunday, July 20th 2014

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What is a CryptoParty?

CryptoParty is about empowering everyone to take control over their own digital privacy

CryptoParty represents a movement to demystify the jargon and level the playing field between those who understand the necessity of personal security and non-technical users. The difficulty in presenting this paradigm is the divide between security and convienence as non-technical users would be confused by highly jargonized papers and inefficient application documentation.

Recently, applications developed by the Open Source community have made leaps in user experience and design, as easy-to-navigate interfaces for strong privacy technologies have emerged. CryptoParty is the bridge between hackers who live security and non-technical users who want the same level of protection applied to their online/offline activities that was once restricted to those 'in the know'.

via Wikipedia: "CryptoParty is a decentralized, global initiative to introduce the most basic cryptography software and the fundamental concepts of their operation to the general public, such as the Tor anonymity network, public key encryption (PGP/GPG), and OTR (Off The Record messaging)."

Upcoming Event

2pm on July 20th 2014 @ CSI Spadina

We're hosting our first event. We'll set up small workshops each with an instructor that you can jump between.

Topics that will be covered:

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How it works

This event is free and open to the public. Our CryptoParty will aim to educate users (our 'visitors') utilizing intuitive privacy applications for their communications. Specifically PGP (email), Tor Browser (web), Textsecure (SMS), Diskcryptor (Full Disk / Files), Redphone (3G/CDMA) and Orbot/Orweb(mobile web).

One station per communication channel (email or phone/sms/IM etc) will be setup with each station manned by a TorontoCrypto volunteer. Each station will have two pieces of documentation with it: a guide on the communication channel's varying degrees of danger to security and a list of tasks to help walkthrough the use of the privacy application.

Do I need to bring a computer?

No. We will provide the technology that is used at this CryptoParty. Bring a notepad and pen/pencil, though!

I don't know anything about computers! Is this event for me?

Absolutely! It is our job as an organization to break all barriers involved with explaining personal security.

New mentors are welcome!

We're always looking for new mentors to help out. If you're familiar with specific encryption tools and want to help out, let us know.

Code of Conduct

The following is a list of rules and advice given out to CryptoParty members in the hopes of keeping discussion seamless, informative and on point.

To institute order and help enforce these rules, electing a member as a moderator is highly recommended.

  1. Listen and respect the moderator
  2. Try to give explainations and avoid acronyms
  3. DON'T interrupt someone speaking
  4. DON'T preach about your organization or affiliation: we don't care
  5. DON'T infringe on a member's privacy
  6. DON'T gloat about your technical prowess
  7. DON'T assume anyone knows what you're referring to: explain yourself more
  8. DON'T monopolize the conversation
  9. DO show respect for the women & men who grace us
  10. DO be courteous and excellent to each other
  11. DO be respectful of the venue of the meeting or event