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[liberationtech] From Sotchi with Love: a crypto party for journalists

Axel Simon axelsimon at
Fri Nov 15 01:39:39 PST 2013

Hi all,

You might be interested to know that a few activists, journalists and
RSF (Reporters Without Borders) are organizing a short cycle of crypto
parties in Paris billed “Bons Baisers de Sotchi” (From Sotchi with Love)
to help journalists protect themselves when they travel to Russia for
the next Winter Olympics.,45448.html

The first one is planned for Saturday 23rd of November.

According to the Guardian[1], “Athletes and spectators attending the
Winter Olympics in Sochi in February will face some of the most invasive
and systematic spying and surveillance in the history of the Games”.
The FSB is keen on not letting any communications escape its
surveillance it seems, and so we will be attempting to share a few good
practices to all those going to Sotchi who are interested.
Several workshops will cover things like using VPNs, encrypting your
data at rest and in transit, (attempting to) secure your smartphone
(spoiler alert, it can't really be done) as well as some OpSec and
general advice (travel with a clean laptop, etc.).

The workshops will be in French, but I'm sure we will happilly welcome
any English speakers too.

I welcome any advice, criticism or warnings about these events as well
as your help in sharing this news with people who need it.

Take care,



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