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All Posts | Oct 04,2017

Digital Security Training in Kochi

We live in an era where human activity is producing unprecedented amounts of digital data. The popular saying these days is ‘data is the new oil’. The high value of this data along with the lack of awareness among people about rights has prompted corporations and governments alike to amass and exploit data for their purposes while posing long-term risks to the right to privacy and other civil liberties of citizens around the world. It has become imperative for everyone to protect their data, their privacy and digital communications.

We also live in an era of unprecedented surveillance. The technical capabilities of law enforcement and intelligence agencies are rapidly expanding, and even the best attempts at law reform can’t keep up with these new powers. Over and over again, we’ve seen these capabilities used against protected free speech activities, especially against the speech of marginalized people. Compounding the problem of government surveillance is that of corporate surveillance; we rely on a small handful of data-driven private companies for all of our computing needs, and many of these services are “free” because we are the product. These corporate entities regularly collude with law enforcement to share our private communications, searches, contacts, and more — quite often without our knowledge. By fighting against surveillance, we can reject an Internet controlled by a handful of powerful corporate entities and intelligence agencies, and take back our rights in the digital sphere.

In this context, SFLC.in is partnering with Democratic Alliance for Knowledge Freedom (DAKF) in Kochi to organize a Digital Security Training.

Venue: Ernakulam Public Library, Ernakulam
Date: 6 October 2017
Time: 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM

During the workshop we will be demonstrating and training the participants on popular cryptography tools like Tor and Signal. A dedicated session on mobile security will deal with specific measure to secure your phone from various common threats. The following are the objectives of the workshop:

  • Learn to protect privacy of your online communications
  • Learn to anonymize your online activity
  • Learn to encrypt your chat and emails with security that no one can break!

Speakers

Sukhbir Singh is a free software developer currently working with The Tor Project, a non-profit organization that organizes the development of the Tor network and other cryptography projects that provide anonymity and privacy. He is also an advocate of the Tor project and has been going around the world giving talks to promote the use of Tor and other related tools.

Sarath M S is the chief technologist at Software Freedom Law Center, India. He engages in research related to digital freedoms and develops tools for advocacy of civil liberties in the digital sphere. He loves reaching out to people who are new to software freedom, Internet freedom and help them find their space and contribute to the society.

Note: This post is a derivative of “What is the Library Freedom Project?” by Library Freedom Project, used under CC BY-SA 4.0.

All Posts | Sep 22,2017

Workshop on Secure Communication

SFLC.in is organising a workshop on “Secure Communication ” in association with Sukhbir Singh, TOR Developer, on Saturday, September 23, 2017, from 11:00AM-:1:30 PM at the SFLC.in premises at K-9, Second Floor, Birbal Road, Jangpura Extension, New Delhi -110014 near Jangpura Metro station – Gate no 2.

We live in an era of unprecedented surveillance. The technical capabilities of law enforcement and intelligence agencies are rapidly expanding, and even the best attempts at law reform can’t keep up with these new powers. Over and over again, we’ve seen these capabilities used against protected free speech activities, especially against the speech of marginalized people.

Compounding the problem of government surveillance is that of corporate surveillance; we rely on a small handful of data-driven private companies for all of our computing needs, and many of these services are “free” because we are the product. These corporate entities regularly collude with law enforcement to share our private communications, searches, contacts, and more — quite often without our knowledge. By fighting against surveillance, we can reject an internet controlled by a handful of powerful corporate entities and intelligence agencies, and take back our rights in the digital sphere.

The workshop will cover crypto tools which will make it easy for you to:

* protect your privacy online
* anonymize your online activity
* encrypt your chat and emails that no one can break!

Date : September 23, 2017
Time : 11am – 1.30pm
Venue : SFLC.in premises at K-9, Second Floor, Birbal Road, Jangpura Extension, New Delhi -110014
Includes : Drinks, Food & Fun

As we have limited seating available for this discussion, we would request you to please RSVP here.

In case of any query and/or clarification, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. We look forward to seeing you at the event!

All Posts | Jan 22,2016

Cryptoparty – January 2016

SFLC.in will be organizing a cryptoparty on 30th January 2016 at 3pm in its office in Jangpura, Delhi. It will be a hands-on workshop where we teach and learn basic cryptography tools to secure our digital communication, to understand data privacy and mass surveillance issues.

Why Cryptoparty?

The state of digital communication hasn't improved much despite the scary revelations made by Edward Snowden back in 2013. Governments and corporations have been engaged in massive surveillance programs which strip our digital lives of all forms of privacy or anonymity, which are essential components to exercise our right to free speech and expression. Hackers have long been practicing the use of mathematics and cryptography tools to circumvent surveillance and keep their communications private. These tools are now necessary for people working in all fields, given the inevitability of digital communication everywhere.

Cryptoparty is a social gathering of people to help learn basic cryptography tools by getting their laptops, mobile phones and other gadgets and learn to secure their digital lives.

What to expect?


  • How to encrypt your emails using PGP

  • How to browse anonymously using Tor

  • How to avoid being tracked online
  • Fun and Food

When?

3pm to 5:30pm on 30th January, 2016

How to get there?

Address: K-9, Birbal Road, Jangpura Extension, New Delhi - 14 Metro: Jangpura Metro Station on Violet Line

Let us know in advance, so we can help you better. RSVP to sarath@sflc.in