February 9, 2017 - March 9, 2017
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6:30pm-8:30pm
In 2016 the Internet is essential for everyday life. You use the Web to get news, connect with friends, communicate, express yourself, manage your money, pay bills, get directions, order food, and so on. At the same time, there are frequent news stories about hacking, data leaks and surveillance. Corporations, governments and others can track many aspects of our lives by watching the things that we do online. In this 4-week course, you’ll be immersed in emerging topics related to technology and civil liberties.
Thurs. February 9, 2017 - Thurs. March 9, 2017
Class: Thursdays, 6:30pm-8:30pm & Movie nights: Tuesdays 6:30pm-8:30pm
4 weeks, 90 minute weekly workshops + a weekly film screening. Workshop are only for enrolled students, but the film screenings are open to the public (bring your friends!)
Thurs. Feb. 9, 6:30pm-8:30pm - Class: What is Security? What is Privacy? Intro threat modeling
Tues. Feb. 14, 6:30pm-8:30pm - Film: Enemy of the State (1998)
Thurs. Feb. 16, 6:30pm-8:30pm - Class: More Secure Communication - Encryption, obfuscation, transparency, auditing, interception, etc
Tues. Feb. 28, 6:30pm-8:30pm - Film: Cyberwar episode (2016)
Thurs. Mar. 2, 6:30pm-8:30pm - Class: Individual security & collective security. Implementing a practice
Tues. Mar. 7, 6:30pm-8:30pm - Film: Will Potter interviews Chris Soghoian (ACLU)
Thurs. Mar. 9, 6:30pm-8:30pm - Class: Advocacy, Activism, Hacktivism
Tues. Mar. 14, 6:30pm-8:30pm - Cryptoparty
WHAT TO EXPECT
You’ll learn how to think through threats to your privacy & security online. We’ll discuss tools and techniques for using the Web more safely and securely. Through weekly discussions and film screenings, we’ll cover topics such as: mass surveillance, targeted online tracking, digital security, privacy on the web, secure communications, and encryption. Each session of the class will have a mix of theory & practical skills—you will learn how to identify and assess digital threats to your privacy and also how to take steps to minimize your risks online.
Each week you'll be expected to do some research or reading at home. 2 hours or so.
But I’m not a geek… Is this class for me?
This class assumes no specialized computer knowledge and assumes no background in digital security or computer science. It is intended for people who are computer-savvy, but who are not experts.
Will this class teach me how to do crime?
No. In this class you'll learn practical skills for protecting yourself online and also how computer systems and data are used by governments and corporations to track and survail. This class covers the political and social issues related to cyber security. "Hacking" is a term used to describe creatively exploring and using technology. "Hacking" often misused to refer to criminal hacking.
Do I need to particular kind of computer for this class?
You don't need to bring anything with you to the class. You do not need a computer for the first class, but you're welcome to bring one. We have computers in the classroom that you can use during class.
What is Technocopia?
Technocopia is a maker space and hacker space in downtown Worcester. It hosts a variety of community organizations and workspaces--a school, a metal shop, a wood shop, a digital fabrication shop, an electronics shop and a variety of individual tinkerers, scientists, hackers, activists and artists.
Do I need to be a member of Technocopia to take this class?