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Guiding Principles


CryptoParty is a decentralized, global initiative to introduce basic tools for protecting privacy, anonymity and overall security on the Internet to the general public. CryptoParties are neither commercially nor politically aligned, and free and open to attend for everyone as long as they live the following guiding principles:


CryptoParties are environments where people feel welcome and safe to learn and teach no matter their background or level of expertise. All questions are relevant, all explanation shall be targeted at the person with the least prior knowledge. Be excellent to each other. Awareness is key in this regard.


Doing excellent stuff at CryptoParty does not require permission or an official consensus decision. If you're uncertain about the excellence of something you want to do, you should ask someone else what they think. CryptoParties happen because people make them happen. The most amazing and unforeseen learning experiences happen because people make them happen. If you are uncertain if what you have in mind is on topic or if other people are interested as well: Propose it anyway and see what other people have to say. If you are too shy to propose to the whole room: Ask the person ​standing next to you first.

Sudo Leadership

Leadership is taken by individuals for specific projects. This is called “sudo leadership” after the *nix command sudo which allows a regular user to do one root-level, or superuser, task. In other words, if you want CryptoParty to do something, start doing it. At times someone may take sudo leadership to take a tutorial, fix the wifi, update the wiki, or organise the next CryptoParty.

No Harassment

Any form of harassment or other behaviour that makes people uncomfortable has no place at CryptoParties. In our experience situations like these (as seldom as they occur) stem rather from social ineptitude than malice and can thus be resolved by making people aware of their behaviour and its effect on others, but in last consequence it is on the organizers of the CryptoParty to ask people to leave if they don't adhere to this very simple rule.

CryptoParty is dedicated to providing a harassment-free sharing experience for everyone, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion or technical ability.

Harassment includes:

  • hurtful or offensive comments
  • deliberate intimidation
  • direct or indirect threats
  • stalking
  • following
  • inappropriate physical contact
  • unwelcome sexual attention.

If you are asked to stop any harassing behaviour you are expected to do so immediately. Participants who violate the anti-harassment policy will be asked to leave, and may be permanently barred from attending future events.