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Cybersecurity for 'real people'

The purpose of his workshop is to offer practical cybersecurity advice that ‘real people’, not just digital geeks, can understand and apply in their daily lives.

The workshop has been organised in response to recent comments made by the Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, who justified putting pressure on WhatsApp to weaken their security standards by saying: "real people often prefer ease of use and a multitude of features to perfect, unbreakable security".

The session will examine the very real threats 'real people' face to their security and privacy online and, most importantly, the practical steps people can take to protect themselves and their friends and family. We want the workshop to be as inclusive as possible and will be addressing the additional threats women, BME and LGBTQ people and other groups face when going online. 

By running the workshop, we aim to show ‘real people’ that they don’t have to trade their online security and safety for usability and features. We also hope our session makes the Home Secretary and other politicians realise that people do care about security and encourage them to re-think their dangerous plans to force internet companies such as WhatsApp to deliberately weaken the security of their products.

Ahead of the workshop, you may find the following resources helpful:

A DIY Guide to Feminist Cybersecurity

Surveillance Self-Defense

Cyber Aware

Photo: "Official portrait of Amber Rudd" by UK Parliament is licensed under CC BY 3.0 (image modified, just a tad)

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  • Mari H.

    I know I didn't get a full introduction, so I'm the other one who spoke! Feel free to ask me any questions you may still have. I'm also available to sit down to help you get set up any of the discussed systems, or just to discuss what your options are! ^_^

    6m ago

  • Katchooo

    Do we need to bring a laptop or can I travel light?

    Yesterday

    • Katchooo

      Also bringing a friend, who's not on meetup, hope that's ok for numbers.

      Yesterday

    • Francis C.

      Thanks for bringing a friend. Sorry I didn't get back to you sooner; I was at work.

      Yesterday

  • Ken B

    With perfect timing for tonight, the Govt slips this into the mix. . . https://www.gov.uk/government/news/action-to-stop-safe-space-for-criminal-and-terrorist-communications

    Yesterday

    • Francis C.

      Thanks for sharing. Sounds troubling. Would be good to discuss this with you.

      Yesterday

  • Francine

    I'm afraid I am not able to attend the workshop tonight. Very sorry its such short notice and hope to have the opportunity of attending a future session.

    Yesterday

    • Francis C.

      That's a shame but never mind. Hope to see you in the not-too-distant future!

      Yesterday

  • Francis C.

    Hi everyone, looking forward to seeing you at our meetup tomorrow. I'll be heading to BOM straight from work. Hoping to be there from 6pm but please press the buzzer if I'm not there and hopefully someone else will let you in!

    2 days ago

    • Glynn

      Looking forward to learning to protect myself on the net.

      1 · Yesterday

  • Andy W.

    I really wanted to come to this but I've double booked with something not on Meetup that I can't back out of. Space-time-events are not my friend,even in the virtual world.

    September 14

    • Andy W.

      I went to Brum Skeptics in my ORG shirt last night. A guy who knows London ORG expressed an interest. Hopefully, he'll replace me.

      1 · September 14

  • Mari H.

    Let me know if you want some more voices in the conversation! Happy to contribute my skills and understanding, especially around "threat modeling" for individuals. ^_^

    2 · August 22

    • Francis C.

      Hi Mari, that would be great. I'll message you to arrange. Hope you're keeping well and having a good summer.

      August 23

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