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Jaap on Mon, 24 Mar 2003 22:06:01 +0100 (CET)


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[Nettime-nl] ascii info-course announcement


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 FREE ASCII - INFO COURSE

 Politics of the Information Age

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 Outline:

 This three part information evening and workshop course is intended to
 cover several key subjects. It shall give an overview of the ongoing
 struggle between those who would like to use information technology
 without constantly being subjected to the scrutiny of governments,
 corporations and other third parties not privy to their communication,
 and those who intend to use the technology available mainly to spy or
 eavesdrop on people for reasons of control over their lives or tracking of
 their behaviour.
 We want to raise the awareness of people in regards to the dangers that we
 face and might be facing in the near future, but also about the political
 implications and how to practicly deal with the situation.
 To do this we want to explain about, and teach practical
 skills needed to use cryptography and privacy software and how to look
 after yourself in the modern environment of digital control
 As a last topic, we want to address the political and organizational
 culture which fights this rising tide of digital control and oppression

 The three parts of this info course in detail:

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 Part I State Control, Surveillance and Wiretapping

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 In this first evening we want to mainly address the subject from the side
 of those who are the agents of control and oppression. We shall give an
 overview of the development in surveillance, eavesdropping, wiretapping
 and tracking of people. We will outline who the involved parties are,
 globally, on EU level and also specificly in the Netherlands
 To demonstrate how dangerously easy it is to compromise your privacy and

 your freedom through technological means availabled, we will show live
 examples of such practices.

 This course will be organized in the following way:

  - the historical and recent development of the subject
  - who does what and why?
  - the legal and political background
  -live demonstrations of internet wiretapping/sniffing

 Date: Tuesday April 1 2003
 Time: 19:30 - 21:30
 Location: ASCII - Kinkerstraat 92
 	  (near the intersection Kinkerstraat - Bilderdijkstraat)


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 Part II Defending Yourself

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 In the second part, we move on from a focus on what happens to a focus on
 what you can do to protect your rights for privacy, anonymity and freedom
 of communication. This will start with another explanation on the
 historical developments and an introduction of the most important players
 in this field. From there we move on to explain the technologies involved
 in cryptography and privacy software and give another set of practical
 examples on how to install and use programs which will help you to
 preserve your fundamental rights in the digital sphere.

 This evening's agenda will include

  - the history of cryptography and privacy
  - the technology involved and how it works
  - demonstrations and workshop course on using common
    methods to protect yourself against digital surveillance
    and tracking like gpg/pgp encryption, secure webbrowsing and
    secure chatting

 Date: Tuesday April 15 2003
 Time: 19:30 - 21:30
 Location: ASCII - Kinkerstraat 92

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 Part III Fighting Back

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 In the last part we want to draw a picture of the political and
 organizational counterculture which has developed along with the rising
 tide of government and corporate control and oppression of our rights on
 and off the line by digital means. We want to introduce who the people are
 that take an effort to preserve the freedom of communication the internet
 promised in it's emerging days, and those who are watching the watchers.
 As an interactive feature, we intend to close the event with a
 question-and-answer round where we will try to give specific information
 of particular concerns. We will also invite people from the Dutch
 "Hacktivism" scene to provide a broader view than only we could give.

 The agenda for the final evening looks like this:

  - who is on our side and what are they doing?
  - different initiatives countering the mainstream
  - question-and-answer session & discussion with guests

Date: Tuesday April 29 2003
Time: 19:30 - 21:30
Location: ASCII - Kinkerstraat 92


All courses are free of charge and open to the general public

Police and intelligence personnel can stay in their offices, though, and
request access to the eavesdropping logs from collegues later >;P

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