Cryptoparties: Now a regular thing

400px-CryptopartyNOTE: Encuentro 5 <>, is at 9 Hamilton Place, not 9 Hamilton St.  Sorry for the mixup.

Do you practice safe sex? Learn the digital equivalent. The government routinely spies on us without warrants. Come learn how to protect yourself. You’re invited to our next Cryptoparty.

When: Saturday, August 24th from 1:00-3:00pm, short and sweet.

Where: Encuentro 5 <>, 9 Hamilton Place #2A, Boston,  just across the street from the Part St. T station.

What to Bring: a laptop and yourself.

Spread the Word: Tell your friends or put up a poster ( PDF | Scribd) in your community or campus. RSVP and share our Facebook event. Tweet us up.

What we’ll be doing:  We’re going to focus on a piece of software called PGP (“Pretty Good Privacy”), which is commonly used for encrypting email. This will be a hands-on workshop; our goal is to help you set up PGP on your laptop, and get your hands dirty using it.  PGP Encryption is an excellent way to prevent folks from snooping on your mail, and we want to teach you how to encrypt!

To get the most benefit from this workshop, you’ll want to download PGP software in advance.

  • If you’re running Windows, download GPG4win from
  • If you’re running MacOS, download GPG Tools from
  • If you’re running Linux, use your distribution’s package manager to install GPG and a mail reader that supports PGP (such as Evolution, or Thunderbird + Enigmail)

We’ll show you how to generate keys, upload them to a keyserver, sign each other keys, and encrypt/decrypt files. This is a free workshop, but contributions to Encuentro 5 would besincerely appreciated.

If you are interested in participating, just show up or contact Steve Revilak via Twitter @Purple_Bandanna or email steve@srevilak.netHope to see you there!

Can’t make it on the 24th? Don’t worry, we’re doing another cryptoparty on Saturday September 28th (time and location TBD), where we’ll cover a mesh networking protocol called CJDNS

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