Privacy—A Cryptoparty

In this one day intensive, we will cover a range of subjects related to privacy and security. Despite the technical-sounding title (for me, “crypto” invokes visions of intense high level math, and people in basements writing code), this session will balance human concerns and non-technical steps alongside technical changes we can make in how we use our phones, computers, and other connected devices. We will also examine how we live and work online, and the privacy and security tradeoffs we are asked (or required) to make as part of our online lives.

The work we do in this intensive will be rooted in identifying risks, and identifying the amount of work we are willing to do to mitigate risk. In many cases, we are only as private and secure as our least private and secure friend, so we will also examine questions around what it means to simultaneously maintain our privacy while we maintain our social connections. These conversations will almost certainly run into questions around racism, bias, equity, and privilege, and how, in some cases, maintaining privacy is a manifestation of multiple types of privilege.

At the end of this intensive, participants will have a roadmap of things they can do immediately, and steps they can take and maintain over time, to increase their personal and professional privacy and security. These practical, accessible steps will range from no-tech and free, to moderately technical, to fee-based services. In a connected world, many elements of our privacy are related to the practices of our friends and colleagues. In recognition of this, this intensive will also cover ways of communicating about privacy with people who need additional support.


Bill Fitzgerald
Bill Fitzgerald is a technologist, privacy advocate, and open education advocate.
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