On Thursday, June 30th, Voices co-hosted a meetup with the Electronic Frontier Foundation to teach people how to protect and fight for their digital rights.
This event was important to us because unlike other infosec meetups, this one took both a defensive and offensive position in the fight for digital rights. Attendees learned how to use encryption, as well as how to influence the policy process that threatens digital rights in the first place.
Digital security researcher Geminii Matt, taught PGP encryption and how to protect your data. He has worked for the NYTimes, CNN, Time inc, Interactive One and has a strong record of supporting activists around the world. PGP is the same technology used journalists and activists, including Edward Snowden.
After Matt’s talk I spoke for a few minutes on how the average person can influence the policy making process. The policy process is how elected officials write law. Understanding how to influence this process is equally as important as understanding encryption. The technology (encryption) and the policy (activism) are two sides of the same coin. We must be able to fight against terrible bills such as SOPA and make sure our elected officials know that we are paying attention to their actions.
Special thanks to the EFF, Geminii Matt, and everyone who attended that evening to help protect and fight for digital rights.