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[liberationtech] Brighton UK CryptoFestival

Chris Pinchen chris at
Thu Nov 28 04:08:13 PST 2013

Hi all,

just in case you want even more CryptoFestival goodness after London,
Brighton CryptoFestival is taking place on Sunday, Dec 1st. Don't worry,
doors open at 12 noon and there'll be coffee on hand, so you've really
no excuse to miss a cryptoday out at the seaside...


Inspired by London CryptoFestival, Brighton CryptoParty & Festival aims
to encourage critical thinking about technology, data, surveillance,
censorship and privacy as well as offer practical tips, tools and
behaviour. The CryptoFestival is free and intended for everyone; no
prior technical expertise or knowledge is assumed. Kids are most
welcome, all children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

The format will be a mixture of talks, workshops, cryptoparty.

Organised in collaboration with Lighthouse <>
and Open Rights Group <>

event hashtag #cryptofestbtn


Sunday December 1st, 12:00-19:00


Lighthouse <> , 28 Kensington Street,
Brighton BN1 4AJ


*Duncan Campbell <>*

The leaking of top secret documents by Edward Snowden is the most
important event in understanding the true extent of the mass spying
operations of the NSA, GCHQ and partners.

But how have the Snowden files changed the game for citizens wishing to
protect their privacy, and journalists their sources? Brighton-based
investigative journalist, Duncan Campbell, talks about how far and how
deep and how long the US NSA and Britain's GCHQ have set out secretly to
subvert the security, safety and effectiveness of the Internet.

Their methods include breaking into fibre cables, hacking communications
companies, and recruiting or blackmailing software engineers to break
their companies systems.

Campbell has exposed state snooping for nearly 40 years. In 1976, he
revealed for the first time the existence of GCHQ (Government
Communications Headquarters) in a piece for Time Out magazine called,
The Eavesdroppers. This led to his arrest under the Official Secrets Act
the following year, when the government attempted to imprison him for 30

After the trial, he joined the New Statesman magazine. During his 15
years, he investigated Britain's secret phone-tapping centres,
corruption in GCHQ, secret war time plans to suspend civil liberties,
and the top secret global surveillance programme, Echelon.

Recently, he has produced reports based on the Snowden files for the
Independent, including how the British Embassy in Berlin was being used
as a covert listening station.

See website for more

*Javier Ruiz from Open Rights Group <>*

Open Rights Group is the UK's leading voice defending freedom of
expression, privacy, innovation, creativity and consumer rights on the
Internet. ORG is a member organisation of European Digital Rights (EDRi).

*Smári McCarthy <>*

Executive director at IMMI <>. He was a co-founder of the
Icelandic Digital Freedoms Society in 2008 with the aim of promoting
digital rights, free culture, free software, and free hardware in
Iceland. He has worked on developing and spreading digital fabrication
technology through Fab Labs and Hacker Spaces. He's very passionate
about systems and information, and having grown up on the Internet, he
feels it's very important to protect it. @smarimc

*Paolo Vecchi <>*

Paolo Vecchi is the CEO of Omnis Systems Ltd a distributor specialised
in Open Source based solutions operating in Europe with offices in the
UK and Italy. Working on the IT infrastructure side of businesses of all
sizes he accumulated a great deal of skills in improving the privacy and
security side of enterprise computing. That's one of the reasons why he
decided to move away from the usual closed source brands and started
implementing Linux and Open Source based solutions since the mid '90 as
already then it was already common knowledge that several services and
applications had "backdoors". He warned his customers about the security
and privacy issues present in using public cloud services and the
Internet in general well before the PRISM/NSA scandal and his comments
have been published by The Guardian and other newspaper. Now his
companies are helping SME, enterprises, public and educational
organisations in keeping their data safe while reducing their IT
expenditure and and simplifying its management.

*Kitten Groomer <>*

Grooming the Kitten (or cleaning up possible malware from a USB using
Raspberry PI)


12 noon: Doors

Welcome coffee

12:30: Opening presentation

13:00 - 14:30: talks/workshops

14:30: lunch

15:00 - 17:00: CryptoParty

17:00: Break

17:30 - 18:15: Duncan Campbell

18:15 - 19:00: Networking drinks

Sign up at Open Rights Group Meetup page
<> or turn up on the

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