Ijo Pona’s CryptoParty

When did Noah build the Ark?

Before the flood.

As a Subject of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and her Government I am worried. What am I worried about? Well, to put it simply; The Snooper’s Charter.

As a member of Liberty & Amnesty I have been keeping a close eye on cyber security and the threat posed to it by Theresa May’s Draft Communications Data Bill (nicknamed the Snoopers’ Charter or Snooper’s Charter) is draft legislation proposed by then Home Secretary Theresa May in the United Kingdom which would require Internet service providers and mobile phone companies to maintain records of each user’s internet browsing activity (including social media), email correspondence, voice calls, internet gaming, and mobile phone messaging services and store the records for 12 months. Retention of email and telephone contact data for this time is already required by the Data Retention Regulations 2014. The anticipated cost is £1.8 billion.

May originally expected the bill to be introduced in the 2012–13 legislative session, carried over to the following session, and enacted as law in 2014. However, the former Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg withdrew his support for this bill in April 2013 and his Liberal Democrat party blocked it from being reintroduced during the 2010-2015 Parliament. Shortly after the Conservative victory in May 2015, Theresa May vowed to introduce the Communications Data Bill in the next parliament. In November 2015, May announced a new Draft Investigatory Powers Bill similar to the Draft Communications Data Bill, although with more limited powers and additional oversight.

Well, what does this have to do with me, someone who only receives emails about recording equipment and the latest trends in Web Design?

Arguing that you don’t care about the right to privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different than saying you don’t care about free speech because you have nothing to say.

Edward Snowden

So, I will be sending out invites to people I receive emails from (personal) instead of holding a CryptoParty. Because I lack the facilities to hold a cryptoparty – so – think of this post as my cryptoparty. CryptoParties are open for everyone but especially for people without prior knowledge that didn’t dare attend yet, for free, and most of all, fun.

CryptoParty is a decentralized movement with events happening all over the world. The goal is to pass on knowledge about protecting yourself in the digital space. This can include encrypted communication, preventing being tracked while browsing the web, and general security advice regarding computers and smartphones.

2 Comments

  1. If I have accidentally left anyone off the email exhaustive email list then drop me a message via the Contact Page.

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  2. I have been thinking – I may have appeared like Chicken Licken by running around claiming the sky was falling in.

    However, the nations internet history will be stored on a database and databases are prone to be hacked – makes sense to administer precautionary measures before a rush to A&E.

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