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[liberationtech] CryptoParty Handbook

Sacha van Geffen sacha at
Wed Oct 10 06:08:25 PDT 2012

Hi Julian,

On 10/10/12 13:41, Julian Oliver wrote:
> Hey Sasha,
> The book is a handbook, so it should contain the HOWTOs alongside introductions
> to core concepts, threats, etc. There was a lot missing from Basic Internet
> Security that needed to be covered for it to be a guide for real newbies. There
> were also some tool areas not properly covered and or uppacked for use at Crypto
> Parties. Adam Hyde led the sprints of both books.

that makes sense, still the main point from my last mail was that if you
copy content you should also take the time to check whether the content
is (still) accurate. I am glad you trust us in what we have written, but
you can't use that as the only excuse for having it included, you as
writers should take your responsibility here.

On the other hand this has also shown me one of the things to take care
of when publishing free books, and that is that the basic unit seems to
be the chapter, and that chapter needs to be self-contained, if our
warning would have been closer to the actual pptp instructions it would
have been included in your manual as well.

> Some people at our last two CryptoParties didn't know what a server was, thought
> the Cloud had something to do with satellite Internet while another thought
> "email client" relates to a commercial client you send an email to. Even
> 'Operating System' needs to be unpacked as one person mistook the OS in OS X as
> relating only to Apple. Another thought it was necessary to use Google to access
> the Internet as he types each URL into the Google field, effectively using
> Google search as a proxy DNS. The list goes on. Many that use and depend upon
> the Internet find it utterly baffling. 

Yeah, I know this can happen, I could quite easily add some experiences
to that list. Then again one of the great things with cryptoparties is
that there are actually people around that can help each other and
explain things ;)

> Your great little outline to PPTP from Basic Internet Security was simply
> skipped in the intro to VPNs (Browsing section) and will go into the v1.1
> Cheers,


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