San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
"Even if you are not doing anything wrong, you are being watched and recorded"
- Edward Snowden
Imagine: It's 1980, people still use good old Royal Mail to send letters not just Amazon parcels, and you decide to write to a friend of yours you've not seen before. On the way your letter is handled by a few dozen postal employees, all of whom read your letter recording anything interesting about it. One of these employees decides, based on your conversation with your friend, they'd like your friend to know about their new business venture, so slips an advert in there. Finally the postman delivering the letter to your friend has a grudge against them (they're from the same village) so decides to change your return address so he gets any replies in future instead of you. Obviously you'd be horrified to find out all this was going on, and you'd never trust the postal system again!
Reality: It's 2014, people use email, instant messaging and social media. You decide to send a message to a friend. On the way this message is handled by several service providers, all of whom read your email and some will record anything interesting. Your friend uses a major free email provider and that provider inserts advertising about products related to what you're talking about. Your email is also sent to several nations security services in case you have ever, are planning on, or one day may do something that will then be illegal. You should be horrified that this is going on, and you should never trust communication over the internet again!
This workshop is a primer on PGP (Pretty Good Privacy, although it's bulletproof when used correctly) and how it can be used to easily secure emails, files, and instant messaging.
There will be 2 talks on how PGP works as well as a PGP keysigning party to grow the web of trust within PGP.
The keysigning will follow the best practice set out for an informal party in the cryptnet.net guide. As such if you already have a key it would be useful for you to bring along some slips of paper with your key fingerprint and name printed on them. You can also add your key to the keyring here to save time. If you do not currently have a key then we'll take you through how to get started generating your own and we can all sign it for you.
If you are not a member of rlab you will also need to bring some good identification, a drivers license would be perfect. This is to prove that you are indeed the person who your PGP key claims you are.
All donations go to Rlab.
"Trust the Math"
- Bruce Schneier
When & Where
Rlab - Reading Hackspace
A peer run community workshop. We aim to promote learning and new skills to anybody who is interested.