Every Third Sunday of the month from 2-5pm, Sudo Room hosts an afternoon of co-learning and teaching about digital security. The driving motivation of our cryptoparties is to learn about end-user security in a fun, welcoming and inclusive environment. Popular topics include: why digital security is important; strategies for activists and journalists; encrypted email; encrypted text messaging; encrypted phone calls; encrypting your hard drive; off-the-record instant messaging; secure web browsing; mesh networks; and presentations on newer projects. All skill levels welcome - bring your phone and/or laptop!
Ways To Volunteer For Non Coders
Writing (documentation + press releases):
|Android||Windows||OS X||Linux||Cross-platform or Web|
|K9||Thunderbird+Enigmail||Thunderbird, Enigmail||Thunderbird, Enigmail||riseup webmail|
|Chat||GibberBot, TextSecure (sms)||ChatSecure||Pidgin, Adium||Pidgin||CryptoCat|
|Network Encryption||Orbot, OrWeb||Onion Browser||Tor||Tor||Tor|
|Disk Encryption||Available in 4.0+||TrueCrypt||Available in 10.7+||LUKS||Tahoe LAFS|
Hosting A Cryptoparty
- Cryptoparties are best when some planning takes place before. Hold a planning meeting 1-2 weeks before the event and ping the mailing list to recruit folks who've expressed interest in helping out.
- There are handouts linked to above that can be printed out at sudo - they generally live in a clear document holder / trapper keeper labelled 'Cryptoparty' located in a crate of other trapper keepers on the middle shelf between the workshop and the bike station in sudo.
- Try to reach out to communities that should be using crypto and are generally not connected to the sudo room social network. Activists, journalists, immigrants + expats, POC, etc; Consider hosting the cryptoparty in an entirely different location.
- At least a week before the cryptoparty, get the word out:
- Come half an hour to an hour earlier to set up:
- Put the sudo room sandwich board out
- Tape up some signage on the doors if so inclined (there are some paper signs in the clear trapper keeper)
- Find a good spot for your expected # of attendees. Check with Public School; often we have split up into several working groups using different areas of the common space, sudo room proper, and the public school room.
- Starting the cryptoparty:
- Take notes on the wiki - set up a separate wiki page for that month's event [eg; /wiki/Cryptoparty/YEAR/MONTHNAME
- Allow 15-30 minutes to get to a good group size to start
- Go around the room and ask folks to introduce themselves, their level of skill w/ crypto, what they're interested in discussing or working on that afternoon.
- Create an agenda ad-hoc and split the group as needed (pairs work great for things like helping someone set up disk encryption)
- Have fun! Encourage wide-ranging discussion but step in if things start to get to technical. Keep focus on those who are newer to the topic and have specific things they want to accomplish.