Ok so technically we have closed ticket registration because we need to give the venue the guest list 48hrs in advance... but I have reopened it for another 24hours to make sure the last minute stragglers don't miss out! Please forward this email to invite your friends.
Please act in the next 24hrs to avoid dissappointment!
Here is a great article in the Huffington Post which explains what Cryptoparty London is like: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/eva-blumdumontet/cryptoparty-london-encryption-_b_1953705.html
We will be covering the basics of PGP encrypted emails, privacy-protected browsing using TOR Browser Bundle, OTR encrypted chat messages, hard disk encryption using truecrypt, encrypted SMS messages on Android, encrypted voice calls on Android and anonymity techniques like oyster card swapping and swapping sims/mobile phones.
We are not financially or politically aligned and everyone is welcome to attend for free. (well... you can bring cake)
|6:00pm||Registration (pseudo-anonymous) - Warm up Talk|
|6:15pm - 6:30pm||Welcome / Introduction|
|6:30pm - 7:30pm||Parallel Workshops (Tor, PGP / GnuPG, Truecrypt, OTR chat, Anonymity Techniques)|
|7:35pm - 8:30pm||Parallel Workshops (Tor, PGP / GnuPG, Truecrypt, OTR chat, Anonymity Techniques)|
|8:35pm -9:30pm||Parallel Workshops (Tor, PGP / GnuPG, Truecrypt, OTR chat, Anonymity Techniques)|
|9:30pm||Finishing up workshops, mince pies, Crypto Xmas Carols etc.|
Ain't No Party Like a Cryptoparty!
How To CryptoParty
- Throw a party. All you need is a time, a date and a location. Add it to the wiki: cryptoparty.org.
- Make sure you have Internet connectivity and enough power sources for all devices. If you do not have a place to hold a CryptoParty, find a pub or park where you can meet and squeeze the public bandwidth. That will really hone your skills!
- Bring USB sticks and printed handouts for those who need them, and set up old computers for people to fiddle with and try out new skills.
- Talk about Linux to everyone you meet at your CryptoParty. If you are new to CryptoParties - ask someone "what is Linux?" ASAP.
- Make entry free for all if possible - CryptoParties are not-for-profit, not commercially aligned and especially important for those without other resources.
- Teach basic cryptographic tools to the masses. Crowd-source the best crypto. We suggest starting with PGP, OTR, and Tor as the first tools to install.
- Invite experts and non-experts from all fields. Invite graphic designers and illustrators to contribute new ways to understand crypto. Everyone is an expert on something. Let them share their skills.
- Decentralize. Organize organically and chaotically. Avoid clear leadership. Urge different people to take different leads- take a tutorial, fix the wifi, update the wiki, or organize the next CryptoParty in their place. If someone claims others are doing it wrong - invite them to do it better.
- Ask for feedback. Assimilate critics - ask them for their help in creating a better CryptoParty. Do not be scared to troll the trolls back or boot them from your space. Share feedback on the wiki. Iterate.
- A successful CryptoParty can have as many or as few as two people. Size doesn't count, it's what you do with it that matters. The criterion for success should be that everyone had fun, learned something and wants to come to the next party.
- Think of the CryptoParty movement as a huge Twitter hive ready to swarm at any moment. Tweet a lot, and make sure your tweets are meaningful. Retweet other CryptoPartiers frequently.
- Make sure the way crypto is taught at your party could be understood by a 10-year-old. Then have the 10-year-old teach it to an 80-year-old. Breach the digital divide with random acts of awesomeness such as unfettered use of images of kittens in all CryptoParty literature.
- Consider hosting private, off-the-radar CryptoParties for activists, journalists and individuals working in dangerous locations.
- Don't scare non-technical people. Don't teach command lines before people know where the on-off buttons are located on their laptops. Encourage advanced users to help not-so advanced ones. Delegate.
- Doing excellent stuff at CryptoParty does not require permission or an official consensus decision. If you're uncertain about the excellence of something you want to do, you should ask someone else what they think.
Do not be afraid bounce people who breach CryptoParty's anti-harassment policy.
- CryptoParty is dedicated to providing a harassment-free sharing experience for everyone, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, heritage, or religion. Behaving like a moron may mean you are permanently uninvited to CryptoParties events. Harassment includes:
-Hurtful or offensive comments
-Direct or indirect threats
-Inappropriate physical contact
-Unwelcome sexual attention
- Use online meeting platforms like mumble (e.g. #cryptoparty room on http://occupytalk.org/) when physical meetups are not possible or impractical.
- Copy from other Cryptoparties. Remix, Reuse and Share. Create a basket of old devices people are willing to donate to other CryptoPartiers in need.
- No one's coming? Get the word out! Print posters and/or flyers and distribute them in your neighbourhood, post online versions to social networks and mail them to friends.
- Don't sell out to sponsors for pizza and beer money. Ask people to bring food and drink to share. Host CryptoPicnics as often as possible. Make friends with librarians. They wield power over keys to local, public meeting rooms that may be free of charge to utilize.
- Invite all the people. Bring people together who have a wide range of skills and interests - musicians, political pundits, activists, hackers, programmers, journalists, artists and philosophers. Spread the love.
- Seed CryptoParties in your local communities - at nursing homes, scout groups, music festivals, universities, and schools. Take CryptoParty to isolated and remote communities. Make friends in far away places and travel whenever possible. Ask people in rural farming communities if they'd like to CryptoParty.
- Have fun! Share music, beers, & chips. Bond together over eclectic music, cheeseballs, installing GPG, TrueCrypt, OTR and Tor, as well as watching movies together. We recommend Hackers, The Matrix, Bladerunner, Tron, Wargames, Sneakers, and The Net.