CIS Tech Workshop with Tom Lowenthal - Browsing with Tor: Online Anonymity to Outsmart the NSA
April 8, 2014
Reception - 5:30pm
Workshop - 6:00pm
In the NSA's "Tor Stinks" presentation, they call Tor "the king of high-secure [sic] low-latency Internet anonymity" with "no contenders for the throne in waiting", and admit that even with their vast resources and massive data-centers, even the NSA can only effectively attack a tiny fraction of Tor users at once. In this workshop, Tom Lowenthal --- formerly of the Tor Project -- will teach us how to use Tor to browse the web safely. We'll learn a little about how Tor works, and what Tor can and can't protect against. Audience members are encouraged to bring their laptops: this is a hands-on session. You should walk away with Tor installed, and confident you can use it safely. This session is open to folks of all experience levels.
Tom Lowenthal is a technologist and an activist who specializes in operational security and grassroots surveillance self-defense. A year ago, his opinions on computer security sounded over-the-top, but now they barely seem adequate. He believes strongly in individual privacy & personal freedom and tries to avoid making eye contact with security cameras., which doesn't work nearly as well as it sounds. Tom works to improve the state of usable liberations technologies and teach at-risk users about the steps they can take to be safe. He previously worked as a paranoia advocate at Mozilla, and the Tor Project's coordinator. He holds a B.A. in Political Theory with Computer Science and Technology Policy from Princeton University. You can harangue him on Twitter @flamsmark, or find other contact info at tomlowenthal.com.