Breaking the Frame **Email Encryption for Beginners**
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Date(s) - Fri 22 January
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Hydra Bookshop



Friday evenings January and February stay warm and indoors while we examine the deeper implications of emerging and current technologies within our society. With guest speakers on nuclear civil and military technologies, alternative and conventional energy, genetic modification and online security. What are the paradigms and attitudes these issues have in common, how can we address problems and solutions in a democratic way? Come along and take part in some really stimulating discussion and learn about local campaigns.

An ordinary e-mail is like a postcard without an envelope: anybody who can put their hands on it can read it. Unlike a postcard an email is copied (rather than moved) to many different computers on its travels. All of these computers’ owners we can’t possibly trust and know. This makes me feel uncomfortable and is not necessary with simple email

After this short (one hour!) workshop you will be able to email anyone else who makes it to the workshop without the email being interceptable by a third party.

Certain organizations (e.g. journalists, unions, activists, etc) have a responsibility  to transmit sensitive messages securely and currently do not always do this. Don’t think what does this one email say about me? (or its recipient) think rather when examined on mass over time (most emails are stored indefinitely these days) what does this reveal about the way you live?

It would save time if you had Thunderbird setup and receiving your emails. If you have ubuntu or another linux, please run “sudo apt-get install gpg thunderbird ” in the terminal. If you already use email encryption and want to help or share your key please come by too. No experience necessary, but if you have a laptop and USB stick please
bring these with you.