Manchester ORG hosts second Crypto Party – 6th Feb

7.00pm Thursday 6th Febuary
Madlab, 36-40 Edge Street, Manchester, M4 1HN.
You can RSVP via our meetup page.

Cryptoparties provide a great way for anyone to learn how to install and use encryption technology and other tips to keep you anonymous online. Tech facilitators will be there to help you with encryption of email, live chat and how to browse the web without being tracked. All are welcome to come learn and share skills in a fun environment.

This event is part of the Manchester Free Software festival and a growing wave of international Cryptoparties. It is organised by Manchester ORG a local pod of the Open Rights Group the UK based organisation fighting for digital rights.

2013-12-07 13.58.28_cropOur last event had a great turn out, good sharing of information and bespoke free cakes! You can read more about it in this post.

Please help us to spread the word on Twitter, email / lists and other networks. Thanks!

@ORGManchester http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/manchester-free-software-festival-tickets-10177371793 … Tickets for Free Software Festival in Manchester are now available, including CryptoParty 2.0 event!

Cryptoparties are open to everyone from complete beginners to technical experts. Activists, lawyers, journalists, doctors, small businessmen and the general public will come together to understand how to protect their documents, emails and passwords from being accessed.

The event will be held on Thursday 6th Febuary between 7.00pm-9pm at a venue to be confirmed (possibly – Madlab, 36-40 Edge Street, Manchester, M4 1HN). You can RSVP via our meetup page.

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Technical Details

Specifically we’ll look at technology such as the Tor network (to browse the internet anonymously) , public key encryption PGP/GPG (to send encrypted email), and OTR (Off The Record messaging for encrypted live chat).

Your input is very welcome. To offer help and chat to us please do so on the Manchester ORG email list.

 

 

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Manchester CryptoParty success

2013-12-07 14.40.072013-12-07 09.18.26Over the weekend I really enjoyed helping to run Manchester’s first CryptoParty. We were able to teach around 20 people how to send secure email between themselves, as well as explain a bit about how the science of encryption helps keep you safe online. There were also some fun games involving giant postcards and padlocks, if you were there you’ll know how much fun that was !

2013-12-07 13.58.28_cropBut it wasn’t all just good privacy preserving, security giving technology, we were lucky enough to have some very special cakes made for us as well that we gave away to everyone who came, along with loads of stickers and books. It’s always nice to have a little something to take away, or to spot our stickers on someone else’s laptop.

Everyone I spoke to agreed it was useful as well as fun, so I really look forward to the next event in the new year – see you there !

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Help get Manchester CryptoParty started

Recently we announced a great event in Manchester – a cryptoparty.

We would very much like to produce some flyers and other promotional material – and this is where you can help out by donating a small amount using the following button:

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Manchester CryptoParty with FSFE

Edward Snowden revelations of mass spying programmes such as PRISM and Tempora show that something needs to be done to protect our private online activities from the prying eyes of GCHQ and the NSA. There’s currently a great deal of interest surrounding these issues and as a result people are seeking to find tools which will help them protect and secure their email, instant messages and web browsing.

This can be done, to an extent, through the use of encryption technology, so on 7th December, we’ll be teaming up with Free Software Foundation Europe to organise a Cryptoparty in Manchester.

Cryptoparties provide a great way for anyone to learn how to install and use encryption technology and we’ll have technical experts present on the day to help you with encryption programs such as GPG, OTR and Tor. Cryptoparties are open to everyone from complete beginners to technical experts. Activists, lawyers, journalists, doctors, small businessmen and the general public will come together to understand how to protect their documents, emails and passwords from being accessed.

The event will be held on Saturday 7th December between 1.30pm-6pm at Madlab, 36-40 Edge Street, Manchester, M4 1HN. You can RSVP via our meetup page here.

Updates on the event can also be found here.

We would very much like to produce some flyers and other promotional material – and this is where you can help out by donating a small amount using the following button:

donate with paypal

So as Cryptoparty say – let’s party like it’s 31st December 1983!

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Rally for Freedoms and Liberties

 

SnowdenManchesterMural-225x300To coincide with the Conservative Party conference Manchester Open Right Group will be taking part in a rally for privacy and a protest against mass surveillance.

If you are on MeetUp then there is an event here  –http://www.meetup.com/ORG-Manchester/events/141759552/

When all the media and politicians are in town this is a great chance to demonstrate that people care about Snowden’s revelations, and put some pressure on them to end the surveillance state.

Event details: A rally in Greengate Square at 11am followed by a march down Deansgate at 12 midday. ORG’s Executive Director Jim Killock will be speaking at the pre-march rally.

The march has been organised by the Pirate Party UK and their details on the event can be found here: https://manchester.pirateparty.org.uk/ai1ec_event/rally-for-freedoms-and-liberties-tbc/?instance_id=

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Slides from Simon Phipps Communications Data Bill Zombie Talk

2013-06-12 19.09.35-1The slides from this weeks talk on the ‘Snoopers Charter’ are available here : wmk.me/10bdcFq

Also a brief reminder to come along to The Lass on Monday and plan what we are going to get up to with the deputy Information Commissioner :
http://www.meetup.com/ORG-Manchester/events/121186472/

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Quick photo from our joint stall with Manchester No2ID

2013-06-01 13.24.11Yesterday we had a joint stall with the Manchester branch of No2ID in St. Ann’s Square.

We were able to talk to a lot of members of the public about the problems with the government plan to sell on everyone’s private medical data.

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‘CDB: The Zombie Bill That Just Won’t Die’ and ‘Reforming OSI’ talks

On the 12th we are having two talks from Open Rights Group director Simon Phipps. We’ll be in the upstairs meeting from of The Town Hall Tavern from 7pm, full details are on http://www.meetup.com/ORG-Manchester/events/121186352/

CDB: The Zombie Bill That Just Won’t Die

After the invasive and over-reaching Communications Data Bill was shelved in the UK at the start of May, the ‘Snoopers Charter’ is already being re-animated by politicians with strong connections to the shadowy world of the security services.  All the time the core need remains unfilled, the same proposals will keep coming back until the legislature finally gives in. To fix it, we need positive legislation that fills the need, not just opposition.

A New OSI For A New Decade

When Open Source Initiative was founded in 1998, the term “open source” was newly coined to provide a pragmatic face to software freedom, an idea that was already at least 15 years old. Today, open source is the default for most new software business activities. OSI is re-inventing itself as a member organisation to support that change – find out how and why.

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ORG Con North 2013

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Saturday 13 April

11.00am – 5.30pm

Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, Manchester M2 5NS

Headline speaker: John Buckman

Book your tickets here!

What’s happening?

ORG are coming to the North this year! We are bringing an ORG flavoured digital rights conference to Manchester: April 13th

The event is packed with exciting speakers, panel debates and workshops. We have John Buckman, chairman of the board of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and founder of the record label Magantune giving the keynote speech on challenges for ORG in the coming year.

There will be further talks on copyright, data protection, Section 127 and the Communications Data Bill.

We are also offering an “unconference track” with room for any attendees, pannel guests or ORG staff to pop up a talk or debate on something you care about. This is your conference!

We’ll be focusing this conference on our current key campaigns, and supporting the local groups in Manchester, Sheffield and the North East. If you haven’t joined one of your local groups yet, now is the time to meet them and get involved. If you would to volunteer to help on the day please email: ruth@openrightsgroup.org

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Open Data Manchester Special – An Open Data Future

6.30pm-8.30pm Tuesday 19th March, MadLab, 36-40 Edge Street.

An Open Data Future is a debate that aims to look under the hood of the open data movement.

Over the past few years open government data has evolved from a niche concern to one that has been embraced by national government, European Commission and other states and organisations around the globe.

It has been advocated that Open Government Data will expose the inner workings of state institutions and thus enable an environment for greater understanding, accountability and efficiency.

The release of open government data has also been seen as an opportunity to add value to national economies through the creation of new services, new intelligence and a more networked economy through the free flow of data.

But ultimately what are the drivers behind this movement, who are the winners and losers and what should a society based upon open practices look like?

Panelists
Jo Bates – Academic at University of Sheffield
http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/is/staff/bates
Tim Davies – Researcher and Activist http://www.timdavies.org.uk/about/
Javier Ruiz – Campaigner for the Open Rights Group
http://www.openrightsgroup.org/people/staff
Tom Slee – Canadian writer and commentator, author http://whimsley.typepad.com/

This event is free but likely to reach capacity very quickly so registering is essential http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/event/5663497674

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