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CIS Tech Workshop with Tom Lowenthal - Email Encryption: Pretty Good Privacy Even when Someone's Listening


April 22, 2014

Room 280B

    RSVP is required for this free event.

    Reception - 5:30pm
    Workshop - 6:00pm

    Pretty-good-privacy or PGP is the world's most widely-used email encryption system, capable of protecting the contents of messages from interception by anyone from an ISP to the NSA. In this workshop Tom Lowenthal will introduce us to PGP, explain how to use it and teach us some of its foibles. Audience members are encouraged to bring their laptops: the session will be hands on, and you should walk away with the software installed and configured. Folks of any technical experience level are welcome at this session. There's plenty to cover, and the material will be tailored to the level of the room.

    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

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