Journo/Crypto — A Cryptoparty for journalists

In an era of rampant hacking, ubiquitous surveillance and an unparalleled number of whistleblower prosecutions, it is more important than ever that journalists take precautions to protect themselves and their sources while communicating electronically. But learning how best to protect one's self can be technically challenging — especially for journalists more invested in telling stories than the tools they use to tell them. Cryptoparties hope to solve that.

A Cryptoparty is an event where anyone can bring their laptop or mobile device and learn from their peers the basics of encryption and data security.

At this special Cryptoparty organized especially for Syracuse Hacks/Hackers, bloggers, journalists and journalism students are invited to spend an evening learning how to secure their web browsing, email, online chat, and data from prying eyes.

What makes it a party? Beer. It's at a pub! Get yourself a drink and a bite to eat, and sidle up to learn some crypto.

Topics will include: 
* Password security 
* Web form encryption with SSL 
* Internet traffic anonymizing and encryption with VPN 
* Web browsing anonymizing with TOR 
* Email encryption with PGP 
* Instant messaging encryption with OTR 
* Audio and video chat encryption with ZRTP 
* Disk encryption with TrueCrypt & FileVault

To learn more about the CryptoParty movement, visit

Organized by Daniel Sieradski (, a web designer, digital media producer and advocacy journalist living in Syracuse, NY.


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  • Lorne

    Very informative! I learned about a number of tools I hadn't heard of before.

    April 25, 2013

  • Ross G.

    Excellent (up-to-date) presentation -- and the participation from the audience was helpful too.

    April 25, 2013

  • Nolan R.

    I showed up! but it won't let me RSVP

    April 25, 2013

  • M4rk S.

    scheduling conflict may or may not make it by 6:30

    April 25, 2013

  • Lorne

    Coolness. I just SSL'd my servers and would like to know more about the other techs (and if I did the SSL right!)

    April 9, 2013

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