Learning Data Encryption at CryptoParty


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Learning Data Encryption at CryptoParty

Cryptography is a technique to implement protocols to prevent third parties or the public from reading private messages. In computer science, cryptography is also known as encryption where data is converted from readable format to unreadable format. The data is again converted to readable format at the destination by a process called  decryption. CryptoParty on the other hand is the self governing cryptography movement started by information activists to  introduce and educate users the basics of practical cryptography such as the Tor anonymity network for anonymous web browsing, key signing parties, disk and PGP email encryption and VPN.

The new movement of hackerspaces has opened the door for enthusiasts and learners to gain access to local cryptoparty chapters and educate themselves with encryption tools.

Learning Data Encryption at CryptoParty South Side Hackerspace Chicago

South Side Hackerspace Chicago is also a local chapter for Cryptoparty

South Side Hackerspace is also a local chapter for Cryptoparty, a self-organized  events to educate users the basics of practical cryptography such as the Tor anonymity network for anonymous web browsing, key signing parties, disk and PGP email encryption and VPN.

“Because of the nature of a hackerspace and the fact that our specific one is very casual in culture, we have many members flow in and out all the time. They will even sometimes put their membership on hold as they travel for business or pleasure, and start it once more when they return” Says Jessica Fong, President of the South Side Hackerspace.  They recently launched the Indiegogo campaign to help finance more space and tools. “we are undergoing a move. We are currently located at MANA Contemporary Art but we intend on creating a home (~200sq.ft. bigger) at Bubbly Dynamics situated on Racine/37th”  Jessica Fong points out.

The recent growth in hackerspace movement and the philosophy of low cost learning can be a great alternative to those who could not make it to traditional university and hackerspace like SSH opens the door of opportunities for all.