Wednesday 06 Feb 17.30

Tools For Private Social Communication

DeCrypt

FOOD: Yes

LEVEL: Intermediate

From Gmail to Facebook messenger, we regularly trade away our privacy in order to connect socially with friends and family. Our correspondences are not only vulnerable to monitoring (and monetization) from large companies, but also from criminal hackers and governments.

Pervasive surveillance can have a chilling effect on both our private and public discourse. Modern totalitarian states rely on this effect to enforce self censorship. Even in free societies a lack of communication privacy can make people wary of freely expressing themselves.

For most people, opting out of modern communication technology and social media has effectively meant opting out of society. Fortunately new tools exist that protect the privacy of our communications. These tools are being created by open source developer, foundations and companies dedicated to putting powerful cryptography to work for the benefit of average people.

We will review some popular communication tools like Signal, Telegram and Whatsapp, and some lesser known ones as well, to discuss how they work to protect their users privacy. We will also talk about the benefits and limitations of general privacy technologies like Tor and VPNs.

Richard Myers is a decentralized applications engineer at Brooklyn based goTenna and a co-founder of Swedish startup Bytabit AB. Richard organized the first Malmö Bitcoin Users Meetup in 2013 and is passionate about tools that empower decentralized societies.

Agenda:

17.30 - Meet & Greet

17.45 - Presentation + Q&A

18.30 – Meet & Eat

19.00 - Discussion

19:30 - End

Richard Myers is a decentralized applications engineer at Brooklyn based goTenna and a co-founder of Swedish startup Bytabit AB. Richard organized the first Malmö Bitcoin Users Meetup in 2013 and is passionate about tools that empower decentralized societies.



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