How did you all think Sunday went? What can we do better? Here's some
constructive feedback that I've received so far:
* Fewer "grand survey" talks and more targeted goal-oriented projects
- I DEFINITELY agree with this and in retrospect wish I'd just sent
people to the wiki page and not tried to construct the kind of talk I
did. I am thinking for the future, rather than going through the
stress of trying to recruit talks the energy should go towards
facilitation and support of the people who show up. Like maybe passing
around pieces of paper where people can write two or three things that
they're most interested in doing/learning/talking about, and then try
to construct an agenda on the spot from that.
* Separate beginners from the advanced. This is a lot like the
dev/user tracking I was talking about a couple weeks ago, which I'm
still not sure about, but just relaying it.
* Somebody whose job is to keep time, take stack, keep things focused,
and in general step up facilitation when cross-talk starts to happen
* More attention to less technical privacy issues like social
engineering, doxxing and general best practices for interacting with
bureaucracies, banks and the surveillance economy. One person in
particular offered to help us do an event centered on these topics but
she said January would be too soon for her.
Does anybody else have feedback they'd like to share or relay?
I really appreciated having the securedrop devs - our own local crypto
In general the event felt beginning-heavy, in that we had a
high-impact beginning but it petered into social mingling very
quickly. Some people did get to work on GPG & OTR, which is awesome,
but a lot of other people seemed to leave right away. I'd like to
think of more ways to offer people a sustained value and supportive
environment for the next event.
Sorry I had to leave the meeting early! Can anyone post notes or
summarize what happened?
Before I left, I did learn that folks had decided to narrow the focus
towards training journalists and activists, which I think is great,
but not sure if the mailing list has been notified about it yet!
Anything else we should know?
I volunteered to do the "intro to /overview of attack surfaces" talk.
This is my first time giving such a talk, so bear with me! I've
started a wiki page with the kinds of things I had in mind:
Any updated list of the talks/tracks/sessions we expect to have? I
will try to provide context for later talks and help people understand
how they relate to each other, so it'll be good to know what areas in
particular to focus on.
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I know Yardena has some great ideas on creating a wiki / powerpoint
[wikipoint] guide to common security vulnerabilities. I've been trying
to get in touch with Micah Lee about reprinting his fantastic guide to
crypto tools - if anyone wants to help make that happen, that would be
Yardena also suggested a User and Developer track - segmented by 'how
can i be more secure today' and 'how can we help everyone be more
secure in the future.' I'd love to try this out!
- -email / PGP
- -chat / OTR
- -mobile security
- -new secure mail projects [jaekwon, substack]
- -new secure chat projects
Commence plannings in this thread!
Can folks meet around 5 or 6pm on Sunday, Dec. 8th at sudo room? This
would be immediately following a documentary screening, 'The Battle
for Oscar Grant Plaza,' which I highly recommend:
"Technology is the campfire around which we tell our stories."
- -Laurie Anderson
"Storytelling reveals meaning without committing the error of defining
"To define is to kill. To suggest is to create."
- -Stéphane Mallarmé
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