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First ever CryptoParty happens in Wellington

First ever CryptoParty happens in Wellington

DATE: 17th April 2014

Wellington's first CryptoParty will take place on Saturday, 26th April.

"A Crypto (encryption) Party is an opportunity for people to learn how to keep their online lives private and free from surveillance. We are looking forward to a fun-filled evening talking about and practicing mail encryption as well as learning programs such as Tor and TrueCrypt"
says Urs Signer of the New Zealand Institute for Cryptography and Freedom.

"We will have special trainers on hand to show people how to install oftware on their computers. Along with trainers, speakers include Dr Sy Taffel from Massey University who specialises in digital media exploring he politics, ethics and materiality of hardware, software and content, nd Valerie Morse, Wellington-based anarchist who will speak on current
NZ government surveillance powers and techniques."

"From the Urewera raids and the Edward Snowden revelations, we know state agencies such as the GCSB and NSA are conducting mass surveillance. While there is no such thing as total security on the internet, there are measures we can take to limit the state's ability to monitor our online communication. A CryptoParty is the perfect place to learn about email encryption in a relaxed environment."

"This is not a party just for computer geeks. It is a gathering for everyone who thinks that privacy matters and wants to be part of defending the internet as the free space it should be. Whether you are political activists, an aspiring investigative journalist or simply someone who is fed up with this Orewllian society - this party is for you."

The CryptoParty will be held at Enspiral Space, Level 2, 18 Allen Street, Te Aro. We invite people to bring along their laptops, but they are not necessary to learn the skills to install these programs. We also invite anyone with skills in this area to join us as a trainer on the night.

ENDS

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