[conspire] Offering GPG/PGP Workshop at CABAL

Lorne S lornes at pacbell.net
Wed May 14 22:45:43 PDT 2008

Count me in if there is such a workshop. I have been interested in  GPG to communicate with my kids in Europe and Asia etc..Thank you very much. 
I am busy with a project at work until late May, so some time in June or later if possible..

I also have a barely operating  double boot laptop I am just about to install a new hard drive on, and  want to update the OSs as well as  a desktop I put together about 9 years ago and had libranet installed at a Cabal meeting that could use some guidance re all new internals and OS,  Maybe I need to come to 2 or 3 Saturdays

BTW, I live in  a a pretty large rental  loft (1085 sq ft) in downtown Oakland with a little server room and ethernet plugs, and a nice open plan kitchen I have been  thinking might be useful if anyone ever wants to do one of these installfest events or similar things  in the East Bay urban setting. 

Thank you again, Rick and Deirdre for the great gatherings. I think their effect may be unimaginably large

Lorne Salter 

Mark Weisler <mark at weisler-saratoga-ca.us> wrote: Hi,
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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