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FREE Online Privacy & Security Workshop (Beginner / Entry Level)

Did you know that at the end of 2016 you lost your right to online privacy?

In passing the Investigatory Powers Act (aka Snoopers Charter) the UK now has the most extreme surveillance regime of any western democracy.

Our communications can now be monitored and analysed, our location tracked, the apps we use and websites we visit stored for up to 12 months; regardless of whether we are suspected of a crime.

Through our internet connection records, a detailed picture of our lives can now be requested by up to 48 public bodies, including even the Food Standards Agency, through a process of self-authorisation.

This meta data can reveal many things - when we are awake, where we are, who we know, our sexuality, religion, political leanings, causes we support, mental and physical health concerns, addictions, who we bank with, the list goes on...

The erosion of our privacy will create a chilling effect that will lead to self-censorship and stifle free expression at the expense of our democracy.

All of this information will be stored by your ISP or mobile provider, making them a prime target for hackers. Remember the recent TalkTalk hack?

In addition, the power to force communication service providers to insert backdoors into their products and services undermines online security for everyone.

So what can you do?

Come along to our privacy workshop and learn how to protect yourself from mass surveillance and online crime.

This workshop is aimed at beginners, no prior knowledge or advanced technical skills are required.

Just bring along yourself and the device(s) you would like to protect, i.e. smartphone and laptop, as you will have the option to follow along with the tutorials.

Bringing a device isn't strictly necessary however, if you would prefer to just take notes.

The workshop will include the following;

- Why digital rights and privacy matter
- How to assess your threat model
- How to install and use tools such as Signal, VPN and secure email (including PGP)
- How to manage your passwords, encryption keys and use two-factor authentication
- How to secure your browsing environment
- How to recognise and avoid common attacks like phishing and malware

By the end of the workshop you will possess the basic knowledge and skills to keep yourself safe online.

Most importantly you will be able to pass this knowledge on, helping to protect your family and friends too.

Event details;

The workshop will be held in 'The Sovereign' room and will start at 6.30PM ending at around 8.30PM.

Please arrive from 6.15PM onwards so you can get a seat and setup your laptop etc.

If you are bringing along a device, please ensure that it has sufficient charge for the duration of the session as we can't guarantee a spare power socket.

If you would rather confirm your attendance via email please contact: leeds [at] openrightsgroup [dot] org (replacing [at] and [dot] with the correct characters).

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  • nauticuss

    I'm kicking myself for arriving late as it means I missed out on some of the juicy goodness on offer through this workshop.
    The guys organising the workshop were friendly, approachable and had a nice open approach to presentation, incorporating group discussion and questions into the proceedings.
    A lot of info presented in a short space of time with obvious passion for the subject matter and the situation we all find ourselves faced with.
    These guys genuinely care and seek to spread the good word of digital rights and awareness, hoping to inspire, encourage and support us all to take personal responsiblity for our individual privacy and online security in a world of surveillance, scamming and snoopery shenanigans.
    I'm definitely going to be making changes to how I lead my digital life as a result of what I've learned at this workshop and plan to follow a lot of the recommendations and advice I received.

    February 28

    • Andy O.

      Thank you Nauticuss, it was good to meet you and I am glad you enjoyed the session. Thank you for being an Open Rights Group member too :-) Hope to see you again at a future event!

      March 1

  • Philco

    I really enjoyed tonight, guys. The information was just what I needed and the atmosphere was relaxed and informal. I especially liked the discussions. And the "how to" practical elements were very helpful. A great meet-up!

    February 27

    • azlee

      Brilliant session last night, informative and pragmatic. I am eager to disseminate all the information and techniques further, starting with friends/family today! Looking forward to future meetups, thanks.

      February 28

    • Andy O.

      Thank you Azlee, it was good to meet you - hope to see you at another one of our events soon :-)

      March 1

  • Charlotte M.

    I have to work tonight, won't be able to make it :(

    February 27

  • Andy O.

    Hope to see you there!

    February 20

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