[conspire] Offering GPG/PGP Workshop at CABAL

Darlene Wallach freepalestin at dslextreme.com
Thu May 15 12:46:35 PDT 2008

Mark Weisler 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
> Preparation.
> Some advance reading would be good. Rick has a very good article here:
> http://linuxmafia.com/faq/Security/gnupg.html
> And "Introduction to Cryptography" is an updated version of a classic paper on 
> the subject:
> http://www.pgp.com/downloads/whitepapers/index.html#cryptography
> 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 
> party).  
> 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.

How about 28 June 2008?

I'm very interested. I can't make it to CABAL on the 2nd Saturday 
of any month. I most likely would not make it to CABAL by 13:00 
on 24th May so 28th June is the next CABAL for me.

Darlene Wallach

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