CryptoParty Oxford


=== Due to a significant number of speakers being unavailable and a travel ban from Open Rights Group we will be postponing the CryptoParty event this evening. This is very disappointing as we had a fantastic set of talks but these unique circumstances are outside our control. ===

FREE + open to all!

What's a CryptoParty?

CryptoParties are FREE, beginner-friendly gatherings to help people of all ages and abilities to reclaim their privacy and power online. Our trainers are digital privacy experts who will help you with phone security, private communications, secure passwords, social media privacy settings, web browsing privacy and more.

We also host talks, debates and workshops on digital rights, privacy, technology (and the systems of power around it!).

If you've been to a CryptoParty before or are an advanced tech user, you're welcome too! Come and talk to us about your favourite project or topic, start an impromptu workshop about it, meet new friends and find potential collaborators.

You're invited!

Big Brother Watch and Open Rights Group are bringing CryptoParty to Oxford!

The event is FREE and open to *everyone*. There is no need to register. Workshops are beginner-friendly and enjoyable for people of all levels of experience.

Would you like to help? Do you have digital privacy tips and skills to share? Or perhaps an idea for a brilliant lightning talk relating to technology, privacy, the future and human rights? Get in touch!

About CryptoParty Oxford

Oxford is full of expertise on technology, rights, cybersecurity and privacy. After the success of the first event in November, Open Rights Group (with help from Big Brother Watch) are running a second event. We are going to bring together local campaigners, techies, and members of the public to have a CryptoParty in the hope local activists may continue to spread digital privacy and empowerment through CryptoParties!

We're delighted to be hosted by social enterprise Common Ground, where you'll find free WiFi and power, and alcoholic and soft drinks available at a low cost.


Date Time Location
Friday 13th March 2020 6:45-9pm Common Ground, 37-38 Little Clarendon Street, Oxford, OX1 2HF

Lightning talks

Facilitator Description
Open Rights Group Digital trade vs. digital rights
Open Rights Group’s Campaigns Manager Mike Morel will discuss the ways new international trade deals could affect the digital freedoms and privacy of UK residents.
Antonella Perini Modo a prueba de riesgos (Threat modelling)
Antonella will show us a threat modelling tool developed by Asuntos del Sur and specially designed for digital trainings of activists in Latin America, but it is adaptable to any context. Through simple steps, you can identify and weigh your digital risk levels and plan the necessary practices for your safety and privacy.
Open Rights Group Oxford Neighbourhood Watched
From facial recognition to social media monitoring, from remote hacking to the use of mobile surveillance equipment called 'IMSI catchers', UK police forces are using an ever-expanding array of surveillance tools to spy on us as we go about our everyday lives. Local Open Rights Group organiser Joe will give an overview of Privacy International’s Neighbourhood Watched campaign.
Bertrand Venard Why I don't care about my cybersecurity
Prof. Bertrand Venard (Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford) will describe his research about the determinants of cybersecurity behaviour. Prof. Venard is leading the project Cybersecurity, funded by the European Union, which aims at understanding the cybersecurity behaviours of students through qualitative and quantitative research.
Anders Sandberg What is privacy good for? The philosophy behind privacy
Dr. Anders Sandberg (James Martin Research Fellow, Future of Humanity Institute, University of Oxford) considers that while many people desire privacy, philosophically it is not entirely obvious why it is a good thing or what other considerations may overrule it. This talk will be a quick overview of some philosophy of privacy.
William Seymour The secret lives of smart things
Have you ever wondered what your smart devices are up to? William Seymour (DPhil student, Department of Computer Science, University of Oxford) discusses how to capture and visualise who devices are talking to, as well as the results from his research into how these visualisations can help people talk to each other about privacy and security.

Past events

Date Title
29 Nov 2019 Vote 4 privacy


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Twitter: @CryptoPartyOX