Cypurr Sessions: Dark Designs



  • * Location: Brooklyn Public Library Central Library 10 Grand Army Plaza Brooklyn, NY 11238)
  • * Time: 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
  • * Date: Sunday, September 9th 2018

Overwhelmed by indiscriminate surveillance, digital harassment, or security leaks of personal identification? You are not alone! Our cryptoparties at Brooklyn Library are a space for people of all technical skills to share skills and learn from each other about online privacy protection.

Some parts of the internet feel like a dark and unruly place, but some of the biggest threats appear the most innocuous. This month CyPurr will discuss Dark Designs, and how web companies trick users and undermine consent. From fake “download buttons” to vague terms of service, we will review what to look out for online. Afterwards, we'll review tools for you web browser and describe how “mesh” internet works.

Come on by to meet n' greet with other folks and get some help with your tech needs! Snacks and children are welcome. Open to beginner and seasoned techies alike!

2/3 to Grand Army Plaza or Eastern Parkway/Brooklyn Museum, or B41 bus. The Info Commons lab and other parts of the library (including bathrooms) are wheelchair accessible.

Why CryptoParty?

Privacy is the space in which ideas are developed, to retreat into whenever you want. This space is not only physical but digital as well. Governments and companies don't want to respect that so we become active ourselves.

What is a CryptoParty?

CryptoParties are free and open for everyone, but especially ​those without prior knowledge, who haven't yet attended one.

CryptoParty is a decentralized movement with events happening all over the world. The goal is to pass on knowledge about protecting yourself in the digital space. This can include encrypted communication, preventing being tracked while browsing the web and general security advice for computers and smartphones.

To try the programs and apps at the CryptoParty bring your laptop or smartphone.

What is The CyPurr Colective?

The CyPurr Collective (formerly CryptoSquad NYC) is a group of some tech-minded folks who are very jazzed about cybersecurity, cats, and helping folks out with their digital dilemmas. We offer workshops for activists, journalists, educators, and everyday folks who want to up their encryption game! Additionally, we offer personal security audits for groups/organizations who are concerned about their cyber-safety. Plus, we have some of the kewlest CryptoParties!

Check out our FB page for cool resources and events, or just send us really great GIFS!