London CryptoFestival: Tools and analysis for a post-PRISM internet

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London CryptoFestival: Tools and analysis for a post-PRISM internet

Saturday, November 30th
Doors open 10.30 / Start 11am sharp
New Academic Building
Goldsmiths, New Cross
Free, all welcome
What happens to the internet after the Snowden revelations? 
Do we just sit tight and let the most important cultural and economic force of the last two decades get turned into a giant surveillance honeytrap?  London CryptoFestival is the biggest public and academic manifestation in the UK after the spy-network has been exposed.  The unique day-long festival is aimed at showing paths beyond the logic of fear and coercion offered by the state on the one hand, and business models based on surveillance on the other.
London CryptoFestival brings together leading security engineers, computer scientists, civil rights groups, hackers, activists and artists to evaluate the current situation and to show ways forward.
Alongside this, three strands of hands-on workshops present user-friendly tools to increase security by encrypting email, web-use, chat and other data. 
George Danezis, UCL
Jo Glanville, PEN
Wendy Grossman, Open Rights Group
Annie Machon ex-MI5 whistleblower
Nick Pickles, Big Brother Watch
Over twenty workshops will teach non-experts how to use advanced tools to support internet privacy, secure personal data, and to use the internet, mobile phones and computers without falling easy prey to spooks.  Workshops will include: Internet of Things; Tor (secure web-browsing); PGP (secure email); Metadata; TCPDump (analyzing network traffic); File encryption; Bitmessage (chat); Talk (chat); OTR (chat); Digital Double (app); Chokepoint Project; and more to be announced.  Bring your computer and start working with these tools.  Workshops are suitable for all skill levels.
IOCOSE – present First Viewer Television
Orsolya Bajusz – Swarming Talent Competition
Deckspace – Community Access
Organised by
Digital Culture Unit, Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths, University of London:
Department of Computing, Goldsmiths, University of London:
Twitter: @cryptofestival

About Virality

Tony D. Sampson is Reader in Digital Culture and Communications at the University of East London. He has a PhD in social-cultural-digital contagion theory from the Sociology Department at the University of Essex. He is a former art student who re-entered higher education in the UK as a mature student in the mid-1990s after a long stint as a gigging musician. His career in education has moved through various disciplines and departments, including a maths and computing faculty, sociology department and school of digital media and design His publications include The Spam Book, coedited with Jussi Parikka (Hampton Press, 2009), Virality: Contagion Theory in the Age of Networks (University of Minnesota Press, 2012), The Assemblage Brain: Sense Making in Neuroculture (University of Minnesota Press, 2016), Affect and Social Media (Rowman and Littlefield, July 2018) and The Sleepwalker's Guide to Social Media (due 2020 with Polity Press). Tony is the organizer and host of the Affect and Social Media conferences in the UK (see archive on this blog). As a co-founder and co-director of the public engagement initiatives, Club Critical Theory (CCT) and the Cultural Engine Research Group (CERG), Tony has been project lead on a number of funded projects that bring impactful critical theories into the community and local political sphere to approach. These activities have included large conferences, symposia and informal lectures/workshops in pubs and community centres, co-organized with community groups and local authorities. Tony occasionally blogs at: Full academic profile:
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