[conspire] Offering GPG/PGP Workshop at CABAL

Mark Weisler mark at weisler-saratoga-ca.us
Tue May 13 15:14:30 PDT 2008

I hereby offer to facilitate a GPG/PGP workshop at a CABAL meeting. The 
objective would be to introduce the basics of privacy through encryption. We 
would use GPG for this but could also use PGP if someone wanted to. The 
orientation will be toward the practical rather than the theoretical or 
mathematics involved.

Curriculum outline.
We will discuss the need for privacy in communications and the threats to 
privacy. We will discuss encryption at a high but practical level. The 
intention of the workshop is so people can leave with the ability to:
* encrypt files
* encrypt and send mail messages
* decrypt files
* decrypt mail received mail messages
* work with others using encryption (key exchanging)
* assess the security of their communications methods

Some advance reading would be good. Rick has a very good article here:

And "Introduction to Cryptography" is an updated version of a classic paper on 
the subject:

What to Bring.
Bring the Linux or Macintosh computer on which you intend to use GPG for 
secure communications and storage. As an option, you could bring some form of 
identification with your photograph as we will, at your option, exchange 
information (including public encryption keys). More on that at the workshop 
(you'll read about that in Rick's material-it's called a key signing event or 

If you are interested please suggest a date (a regular CABAL date) to the list 
or to me off-list and we give it a go. We would start early by arriving 
around 1PM, get set up, and then begin the workshop around 2PM.

Mark Weisler 
"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our 
people need it sorely on these accounts." ---Mark Twain---
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