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Newcastle-upon-Tyne, United Kingdom


Currently, CryptoParty events for Newcastle and the surrounding area are being organised via the Open Rights Group North East mailing list If you want to get involved, subscribe to that list and let us why you're here.

Future Events


Event Topics

A selection of event topics that might be covered at future CryptoParty events.

This list is by no means exhaustive, and if there's something you'd like to learn about then please let us know on the mailing list - it's very likely that one of us will be able to cover the topic! Similarly, if there's a topic you'd like to see covered - and you're able to cover it - please feel free to add it to this table.

Security Topics

Topic Notes Person
Two Factor Authentication Google/Facebook etc.
HTTPS Everywhere / Ad-Blocking Browser Extensions
Full Disk Encryption How? Is there a good audited Windows solution? - TrueCrypt 7.1a has the privilege escalation vulnerabilities (CVE-2015-7358,7359) and the forks haven't received as much scrutiny from the security community as may be desired.
NoScript Advanced! - but will probably at least need touching if we're going to be covering the Tor Browser Bundle.

Browsing Privacy

Topic Notes Person
Tor Browser Bundle
Privacy Protecting Browser Addons
Orbot + Orfox Tor Browser for Android. Are there iOS equivalents?

Communications Privacy

Topic Notes Person
PGP Encrypting and signing email.
Signal Focusing on mobile application (Android/iOS). Desktop client is sadly still in early development.
Ricochet Most secure - No metadata analysis possible, but IM only.
Jitsi Probably the most effective “drop-in Skype replacement” at the moment but I'd want to be careful not to mislead anyone into thinking that metadata analysis wasn't possible with this - it is, due to its use of centralised XMPP services.
XMPP+OTR This has been popular at CryptoParties for a while, but the additional security offered by Ricochet means it is effectively deprecated. Can be covered if people think it is particularly a good idea.


Topic Notes Person
Linux This is a pretty involved topic - do we try and make an effort to cover it and its advantages?
Free and Open Source Software Potential benefits of using FOSS. Cover “Why Firefox vs Chrome” etc.

Experimental / Emerging Technologies

These are not likely to be covered in current CryptoParty events, but group members might like to keep an eye on them in case they mature into projects that are worth demonstrating in at future parties.

Topic Notes Person
ZeroNet / IPFS Peer-to-Peer websites.
Tor Messenger A similar project to Ricochet, but with the direct blessing of the Tor Project team.
Ring A possible alternative to Jitsi, but using direct peer-to-peer connections instead of connections via XMPP. Currently doesn't support group chat and the client is pretty lacking in features that would be familiar to a Skype user.