Crypto Brunch

Hello all!

The Caltech Sovereignty Club and Blockchain Club are co-organizing a digital privacy workshop this Sunday, June 2, from 11am-2pm at Hameetman Center room 210. All are welcome. Topics discussed will include:

  • PGP encryption for email
  • VPN/Tor usage
  • End-to-end encryption in messaging apps
  • Password management

If this sounds like gibberish, don’t worry! We’ll have short introduction presentations and be on hand to help answer questions. People may branch out into different groups to co-work/learn. We will adjust topics based on the survey responses (there will be brunch!). Please RSVP here: ttps://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScUdbWZjhN29W2byP2MZYtCnm1i81OJhc-gDsox5CPY6a2CFA/viewform?usp=sf_link
Please note: absolutely no discussion of cryptocurrency trading or prices will happen.
Some resources for learning about cryptography and privacy in the wild are below.


General introductory materials:
https://www.cryptoparty.in/learn/tools

PGP encryption:
https://www.freecodecamp.org/news/how-does-pretty-good-privacy-work-3f5f75ecea97/

Tor (anonymous communication):
https://guide.freecodecamp.org/security/tor/

ZCash (experimental technology for anonymous transactions):
https://z.cash/technology/

Moral/philosophical discussions:
https://medium.com/@virgilgr/tors-branding-pivot-is-going-to-get-someone-killed-6ee45313b559
https://web.cs.ucdavis.edu/~rogaway/papers/moral-fn.pdf

Matrix, a new protocol being developed for decentralized and secure communications:
https://matrix.org/blog/index

Plus some relevant discussions on Matrix and it’s current shortcomings:
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=19642554
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=19857744
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=18756787