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Digital Security: Conceptual Basics

This talk is an introduction to basic digital security concepts for activists of all types–whether you’re on the frontlines, campaigning, organising, or doing support work. The goal of this session is to get activists to start thinking about digital security as a serious and important aspect of their work; to share knowledge about security culture in a digital context; and to start exemplifying why and how it is important to empower our movements to work more securely, cohesively, and effectively. We’ll cover themes like:

  • What is security culture?
  • What are some existing surveillance threats, and how to mitigate them?
  • How does the Internet work? How do Mobile Phones track us?
  • What is encryption and how to use it?
  • No paranoia! Instead meaningful risk assessment
  • How to start securing digital devices against the police, corporate spies, and hackers…

The two-hour workshop entails theory and concepts, as well as some practical exercises and documentation. The session runs for 2 hours in total and will have a break halfway, and then break out into Q&A at the end, so bring your scenarios, and questions!

This event is free of charge, thanks to a grant from Victoria Law Foundation.

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Melbourne Activist Legal Support (MALS)

is an independent volunteer group of lawyers, human rights advocates, law students, and para-legals. MALS trains and fields Legal Observer Teams at protest events, monitors and reports on policing at activist events, provides training and advice to activist groups on legal support structures, and develops and distributes legal resources for positive social movements. MALS works in conjunction with law firms, community legal centres, and a range of local, national and international human rights agencies. We stand up for civil & political rights.
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