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[liberationtech] CryptoParty Handbook

Katrin Verclas katrin at
Tue Oct 9 01:01:11 PDT 2012

Can I just say - I love you, woman. Go tell it to the rather narrow-minded
On Oct 7, 2012 7:40 PM, "Asher Wolf" <asherwolf at> wrote:

> The argument everyone is politely avoiding - while pondering the
> numerous ways CryptoParty will expose already compromised individuals -
> is whether the masses SHOULD use crypto.
> Rain-check: it's happening - or at least, the users are are trying -
> regardless of whether they're are doing it right, or regardless of
> whether more experienced ppl are willing to offer their advice or not,
> and completely separate to the philosophical, technical and security
> related-discussions that are currently swirling.
> Basically: hello crypto, the users are here.
> From experience, most of the non-tech ppl who attended Melbourne's
> Cryptoparty had previously attempted to install various tools by
> themselves and had either (a) failed (b) installed them incorrectly (c)
> couldn't figure out how to configure them (d) given up 'til now.
> CryptoParty is essentially the user saying: We are working together to
> trying to figure out how to do it better. We need these tools.
> Whatever the best-practice model actually is, it'll be crowdsourced,
> because people are unwilling to wait for easy 'crypto manna from
> heaven', offered up on a plate.
> And frankly, the users have much to learn from the crypto experts and
> it'd be a damn shame if knowledgeable people refused to teach or share
> their expertise because ppl are "doing it wrong."
> We've known we've been doing it wrong for a long time now and going back
> to Facebook to organise is no longer an option.
> The creation of CryptoParty was a spontaneous, viral storm. It was NOT a
> concerted, centrally-organised campaign, with funding or even a
> best-practice model. My hope is that experts contribute to eventually
> provide a best-practice model, and that users give the necessary
> feedback allowing for tweaks in tools and creation of more accessible
> crypto.
> x.
> On 8/10/12 8:35 AM, Brian Conley wrote:
> > Greg its called orbot and it runs on Android. Secondly I used to agree
> with
> > you, but I'm increasingly coming to the conclusion that user education,
> not
> > simplification, is the more important piece of the user security and
> > privacy problem. That said, the tools do need to get more accessible, but
> > we are getting there. I don't believe there has been as sizable a change
> in
> > public health and user information campaign efforts.
> >
> > I'm looking forward to digesting the cryptoparty manual and seeing
> whether
> > I can contribute anything in the form of copyediting or other assistance
> to
> > increase accessibility.
> > On 7 Oct 2012 21:10, "Greg Norcie" <greg at> wrote:
> >
> >
> >
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