London CryptoFestival: tools and analysis for a post-PRISM internet

Saturday, November 30th

Doors open 10.30 / Start 11am sharp

Location: New Academic Building

Free, all welcome

What happens to the internet after the Snowden revelations?

Do we just sit tight and let the most important cultural and economic force of the last two decades get turned into a giant surveillance honeytrap?  London CryptoFestival is the biggest public and academic manifestation in the UK after the spy-network has been exposed.  The unique day-long festival is aimed at showing paths beyond the logic of fear and coercion offered by the state on the one hand, and business models based on surveillance on the other.

London CryptoFestival brings together leading security engineers, computer scientists, civil rights groups, hackers, activists and artists to evaluate the current situation and to show ways forward.

Alongside this, three strands of hands-on workshops present user-friendly tools to increase security by encrypting email, web-use, chat and other data.

Speakers: Ross Anderson, University of Cambridge Computer Lab Ian Brown, Open Rights Group, Oxford Internet Institute George Danezis, UCL Marianne Franklin, Goldsmiths, Internet Rights and Principles Coalition Jo Glanville, PEN Wendy Grossman, Open Rights Group Annie Machon ex-MI5 whistleblower Smári McCarthy (@smarimc), International Modern Media Institute Nick Pickles, Big Brother Watch

Workshops: Over twenty workshops will teach non-experts how to use advanced tools to support internet privacy, secure personal data, and to use the internet, mobile phones and computers without falling easy prey to spooks.  Workshops will include: Internet of Things; Tor (secure web-browsing); PGP (secure email); Metadata; TCPDump (analyzing network traffic); File encryption; Bitmessage (chat); Talk (chat); OTR (chat); Digital Double (app); Chokepoint Project; and more to be announced.

Bring your computer and start working with these tools.  Workshops are suitable for all skill levels.

Art: IOCOSE – present First Viewer Television Orsolya Bajusz – Swarming Talent Competition Deckspace – Community Access

Organised by Digital Culture Unit, Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths, University of London: Department of Computing, Goldsmiths, University of London:

Contacts: Book a place online Twitter: @cryptofestival