Category Archives: Privacy Salon

Links from Privacy Salon 12/03/19: A Deep Dive Into Disinformation

https://twitter.com/nd_kane/status/1105401570873749504

European Media Literacy Week https://ec.europa.eu/digital-single-market/en/news/european-media-literacy-week

EU Action Plan against Disinformation https://eeas.europa.eu/headquarters/headquarters-homepage/54866/action-plan-against-disinformation_en

First Draft https://firstdraftnews.org/

Crash Course Navigating Digital Information https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8dPuuaLjXtN07XYqqWSKpPrtNDiCHTzU

Snopes https://www.snopes.com/

Bellingcat https://www.bellingcat.com/

Which Face Is Real http://www.whichfaceisreal.com/

Calling Bullshit https://callingbullshit.org

This Person Does Not Exist https://thispersondoesnotexist.com/

Next Digital Privacy Salon 12/03/19: A Deep Dive Into Disinformation

Privacy Salon will be taking a deep dive into the murky waters of disinformation in the context of the European Media Literacy Week and the upcoming European elections.

We will be investigating how disinformation spreads, how our data feeds it, what skills we need to identify it and what can be done to combat it.

No prior technical expertise or knowledge is assumed, so ask away about anything

For more information on Privacy Salon read this @sachaheck post about a Salon and this interview with Rosi, asking about her transition from Privacy Salon attendee to speaker. The interview is also available in French and German.

Digital Privacy Salons are skill & knowledge sharing sessions which aim to teach people the basic ways of protecting themselves and their data from intrusive surveillance and unwanted/unwitting information gathering.

Generally the salons deal with how to have private conversations over instant messaging, emails, how to browse anonymously amongst other things.

It is very important that you leave the Privacy Salon with tools & knowledge you can use on a daily basis, and explain to your friends how to do it too. All the attendees should come with device(s) they want to install tools on.

– We’ll discuss why cryptography, anonymity and anti-tracking tools are important today
– We’ll install online anonymity tools
– We’ll secure our communications
– We’ll make sure we can’t be easily tracked online
– We’ll have a drink and a chat

(doors open 18:30)

Date:
Tuesday 12/03/19, 19:00

Address:
Level2
87 route de Thionville
L-2611 Luxembourg

Luxembourg Digital Privacy Salon is free, intended for everyone, no prior technical expertise is assumed. This year the Privacy Salon is presented in collaboration with BEE SECURE in the frame of the campaign “Love Stories 4.0.”

WITH THE SUPPORT OF

Links from the latest Privacy Salon

Here are the links to to things shown at the Privacy Salon: Safer Internet Day edition:

Gender and IoT research project: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/steapp/research/themes/digital-policy-laboratory/gender-and-iot

General links on the topic of Gender & IoT: https://pinboard.in/search/u:cataspanglish/?query=g-iot

Tweet about El Chapo & spyware : https://twitter.com/alanfeuer/status/1083033189956964353

Video of victim: https://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/tech-abuse-domestic-abuse-technology-marketplace-1.4864443

Tweet about new spyware app: https://twitter.com/sarahditum/status/1092728965595312134/photo/1

Smart locks:
https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-44765830
https://tisiphone.net/2019/01/28/security-things-to-consider-when-your-apartment-goes-smart/

Various stories from around the world:
https://www.refinery29.com/en-ca/2019/01/220847/domestic-abuse-violence-harassment-smart-home-monitoring
https://metro.co.uk/2018/11/23/apps-are-being-used-by-abusers-to-control-victims-and-its-time-for-big-tech-companies-to-act-8166642
https://mshelt.onl/p/matthews_et_al_2017.pdf
https://freedom-to-tinker.com/2018/02/23/how-tech-is-failing-victims-of-intimate-partner-violence-thomas-ristenpart-at-citp
http://autonomy.work/portfolio/beware-the-smart-home
https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2018/10/how-to-not-trap-your-partner-in-a-smart-home-techno-prison.html
https://www.cnbc.com/2018/11/05/victims-of-domestic-violence-challenged-by-abusers-using-technology.html
https://thewirecutter.com/blog/keep-your-smart-home-secure-from-domestic-abusers
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-10-01/drones-used-to-stalk-women-in-new-age-of-harassment/10297906
https://eu.sctimes.com/story/news/local/2018/09/04/how-mobile-tech-social-media-stalk-harass-control-you/902776002/
https://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/news/16685707.stalker-wayne-bamford-faces-jail-for-bugging-exs-house/
https://www.standard.co.uk/tech/abusive-partners-use-home-technology-to-stalk-and-abuse-women-study-shows-a3921386.html
https://journalofcyberpolicy.com/2018/07/27/preventing-iot-based-domestic-violence-abuse-stalking/
https://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/verbalabuseinrelationships/2018/7/tech-abuse-the-abuse-of-technology-in-domestic-violence
https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-44765830

Next Digital Privacy Salon 05/02/19: Safer Internet Day 2019

For the Safer Internet Day  2019 edition of Privacy Salon we will be taking a deep dive into the increasing use of tech, including IoT, in domestic abuse and stalking cases.

No prior technical expertise or knowledge is assumed, so ask away about anything

For more information on Privacy Salon read this @sachaheck post about a Salon and this interview with Rosi, asking about her transition from Privacy Salon attendee to speaker. The interview is also available in French and German.

Digital Privacy Salons are skill & knowledge sharing sessions which aim to teach people the basic ways of protecting themselves and their data from intrusive surveillance and unwanted/unwitting information gathering.

Generally the salons deal with how to have private conversations over instant messaging, emails, how to browse anonymously amongst other things.

It is very important that you leave the Privacy Salon with tools & knowledge you can use on a daily basis, and explain to your friends how to do it too. All the attendees should come with device(s) they want to install tools on.

– We’ll discuss why cryptography, anonymity and anti-tracking tools are important today
– We’ll install online anonymity tools
– We’ll secure our communications
– We’ll make sure we can’t be easily tracked online
– We’ll have a drink and a chat

(doors open 18:30)

Date:
Tuesday 05/02/19, 19:00

Address:
Level2
87 route de Thionville
L-2611 Luxembourg

Luxembourg Digital Privacy Salon is free, intended for everyone, no prior technical expertise is assumed. This year the Privacy Salon is presented in collaboration with BEE SECURE in the frame of the campaign “Love Stories 4.0.”

WITH THE SUPPORT OF

Next Digital Privacy Salon 16/01/19: Privacy Resolution Time!

Resolved to protect your privacy more in 2019?

Got new devices for Xmas and want to make sure they are only sharing what YOU want them to?

Come to the first Salon of the year, we’ve got you covered!

We’ll give practical tips and advice and install some tools so you leave the Salon well on the way to keeping (at least one of) your resolutions!

There will also be an introduction to Cyberwayfinder, a cybersecurity workforce development programme for women.

No prior technical expertise or knowledge is assumed, so ask away about anything

For more information on Privacy Salon read this @sachaheck post about a Salon and this interview with Rosi, asking about her transition from Privacy Salon attendee to speaker. The interview is also available in French and German.

Digital Privacy Salons are skill & knowledge sharing sessions which aim to teach people the basic ways of protecting themselves and their data from intrusive surveillance and unwanted/unwitting information gathering.

Generally the salons deal with how to have private conversations over instant messaging, emails, how to browse anonymously amongst other things.

It is very important that you leave the Privacy Salon with tools & knowledge you can use on a daily basis, and explain to your friends how to do it too. All the attendees should come with device(s) they want to install tools on.

– We’ll discuss why cryptography, anonymity and anti-tracking tools are important today
– We’ll install online anonymity tools
– We’ll secure our communications
– We’ll make sure we can’t be easily tracked online
– We’ll have a drink and a chat

(doors open 18:30)

Date:
Wednesday 16/01/19, 19:00

Address:
Level2
87 route de Thionville
L-2611 Luxembourg

Luxembourg Digital Privacy Salon is free, intended for everyone, no prior technical expertise is assumed. This year the Privacy Salon is presented in collaboration with BEE SECURE in the frame of the campaign “Love Stories 4.0.”

WITH THE SUPPORT OF

Back By Popular Demand! Next Privacy Salon 14/11/18

People have been asking us when there would be a new Privacy Salon and finally the wait is over… details to follow but save the day

Digital Privacy Salons are skill & knowledge sharing sessions which aim to teach people the basic ways of protecting themselves and their data from intrusive surveillance and unwanted/unwitting  information gathering.

Generally the salons deal with how to have private conversations over instant messaging, emails, how to browse anonymously amongst other things.

It is very important that you leave the Privacy Salon with tools & knowledge you can use on a daily basis, and explain to your friends how to do it too. All the attendees should come with device(s) they want to install tools on.

– We’ll discuss why cryptography, anonymity and anti-tracking tools are important today
– We’ll install online anonymity tools
– We’ll secure our communications
– We’ll make sure we can’t be easily tracked online
– We’ll have a drink and a chat

No prior technical expertise or knowledge is assumed, so ask away about anything

For more information read this @sachaheck post about a Salon here and this recent interview with Rosi, asking about her transition from Privacy Salon attendee to speaker. The interview is also available in French and German.

Date:
Wednesday 14/11/18, 19:00 (doors open 18:30)

Address:
Level2
87 route de Thionville
L-2611 Luxembourg

Luxembourg Digital Privacy Salon is free, intended for everyone, no prior technical expertise is assumed. This year the Privacy Salon is presented in collaboration with BEE SECURE in the frame of the campaign “Love Stories 4.0.”

WITH THE SUPPORT OF
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Next Privacy Salon 04/07/18 – GLASSROOM

The next Privacy Salon will be part of the #GLASSROOM  Experience exhibition created by Tactical Tech and Mozilla and organised  by BEE SECURE . The Glassroom has already been a great success worldwide with 10,000 visitors in New York in 2016, and nearly 20,000 visitors in London in 2017.

In this special edition of the Privacy Salon we’ll explore the exhibition, look at the issues raised and begin a Data Detox with the 8 day Data Detox Kit.
As usual, snacks will be served

On Saturday July 7th we will also be having an open event at the Glassroom from 10:00-15:00. During the event we will be exploring the exhibition, looking at how facial recognition works and how to avoid it, doing a “walkshop” to see traces of the internet, data and surveillance in the streets, making Faraday pouches to block signals, starting a Data Detox and more.

You can come for part or all of the event and Detox snacks and cocktails will be served!

Date:
Privacy Salon: Wednesday 04/07/18, 19:00 (doors open 18:30)
Open Event: Saturday 07/07/18, 10:00-15:00

Address:
Forum Geesseknäppchen
40, boulevard Pierre Dupong
L-1430 Luxembourg

Luxembourg Digital Privacy Salon is free, intended for everyone, no prior technical expertise is assumed. This year the Privacy Salon is presented in collaboration with BEE SECURE in the frame of the campaign “Big Data – Who does what with my data?.”

WITH THE SUPPORT OF
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Next Privacy Salon 04/06/18 – Practical Privacy Tips & Tricks

 

After examining many of the issues around Big Data and other privacy issues in recent  months, this Salon goes to back to basics to provide hands on, practical steps, tools, tips and tricks. Even if you’ve been before there will be many updates and changes that it is important to know about.

Digital Privacy Salons are skill & knowledge sharing sessions which aim to teach people the basic ways of protecting themselves and their data from intrusive surveillance and unwanted/unwitting  information gathering.

Generally the salons deal with how to have private conversations over instant messaging, emails, how to browse anonymously amongst other things.

It is very important that you leave the Privacy Salon with tools & knowledge you can use on a daily basis, and explain to your friends how to do it too. All the attendees should come with device(s) they want to install tools on.

– We’ll discuss why cryptography, anonymity and anti-tracking tools are important today
– We’ll install online anonymity tools
– We’ll secure our communications
– We’ll make sure we can’t be easily tracked online
– We’ll have a drink and a chat

Oh yes, and there will be free snacks 😉

No prior technical expertise or knowledge is assumed, so ask away about anything

For more information read this @sachaheck post about a Salon here and this recent interview with Rosi, asking about her transition from Privacy Salon attendee to speaker. The interview is also available in French and German.

Date:
Monday 04/06/18, 19:00 (doors open 18:30)

Address:
Level2
87 route de Thionville
L-2611 Luxembourg

 

Luxembourg Digital Privacy Salon is free, intended for everyone, no prior technical expertise is assumed. This year the Privacy Salon is presented in collaboration with BEE SECURE in the frame of the campaign “Big Data – Who does what with my data?.”

WITH THE SUPPORT OF
beesec1

Next Privacy Salon 09/05/18 – Ad networks are following you, follow them back

After the scandals surrounding Facebook and Cambridge Analytica everyday users are more aware than ever about what data gathering companies do with the information we wittingly or unwittingly provide to them. But what about the data we “provide” just by visiting a website? In this Privacy Salon we will look at what goes on “behind the scenes”.

“Ad networks are everywhere. They are annoying, intrusive, and every couple of month one of them gets compromised and does nasty things to visitors. But how bad is it in practice? This talk will present an open source tool aiming to help anyone figure out what is going on on a specific website.

We talk about going to webpages. But really, webpages come to us, and increasingly dozens of companies at a time do complicated and invisible things on our computers with every site we “visit”. This has gotten so obfuscated that popular websites using ad technology, plug-ins, and tools from various vendors are often as ignorant of what they’re serving as their users are of what they’re receiving. This has resulted in rampant privacy violations, broken features, and even major media sites unintentionally serving malware.

We made Lookyloo to help. Lookyloo builds a tree view of all domains loaded from a specific URL and what those domains are up to. It can traverse a site to a user-specified depth, mimicking a legitimate user. We will demonstrate how it works in practice and look at the information we can extract from it, seeing where our data is taken to.”

#PrivacySalonDishonourableMentions

Rosi is away but we will again be doing an uptade on recent developments in the dodgy world of surveillance capitalism and how to maintain privacy and security despite the dishonourable behaviours found.  (As always, there may be some honourable mentions too 😉 )

Date:
Wednesday 09/05/18, 19:00

Address:
Level2
87 route de Thionville
L-2611 Luxembourg

Luxembourg Digital Privacy Salon is free, intended for everyone, no prior technical expertise is assumed. This year the Privacy Salon is presented in collaboration with BEE SECURE in the frame of the campaign “Big Data – Who does what with my data?.”

WITH THE SUPPORT OF

Why Privacy Salon? Ask Rosi ;-)

BEE SECURE recently interviewed Rosi, asking about her transition from Privacy Salon attendee to speaker. The interview is also available in French and German.

Digital Privacy Salon – Interview with a visitor/guest speaker

In the framework of International Women’s Day, the Digital Privacy Salon explored privacy issues in relation to women – but with information and tips that apply to everyone.

From making a smart dating profile to private browsing, one of the guest speakers, Kasia, shared practical tips for staying safe online from the Violet Blue Book “the smart girl’s guide to privacy” and from her own life experience.

The second guest speaker, Rosi, gave an update on recent developments in the world of surveillance and how one could maintain privacy and security despite the dishonourable behaviours that she had found.

It was the first keynote that Rosi gave at a Privacy Salon. She has been a regular visitor of the Privacy Salon, hence she was really excited to share her experiences for the first time on the “stage” of the Level 2 Hackerspace in Bonnevoie.

BEE SECURE had the opportunity to interview her on her experiences regarding the Privacy Salon and how these attendances have changed her perspective on data and privacy protection.

  1. Could you please tell us how and why you ended up at your first Privacy Salon?

The first time I attended the Privacy salon was in July 2015. I saw the invite on the Luxembourg meetup page, and thought it could be interesting, as ever since I watched “Minority report”, I have been aware what having too much data about me could do. The workshop offered to show practical tools and help us secure our data, so it sounded like a perfect fit to expand my knowledge.

At first, it seemed a bit scary to go, because I did not know what I could expect and did not know anybody there as I came alone. However, it was summer, it was on Saturday and there was free pizza, so I could not lose anything by going. I took my laptop and headed to Level2. At the end I stayed after the privacy salon, hung out with the people there and even watched a movie, since it was also the bimonthly movie night at Level2.

  1. How would you describe the Privacy Salon to a person that has never participated?

It is a very practical workshop/meeting where in a safe space you can learn different tips and tricks on how to protect your data and have an honest conversation, which is not driven by some commercial agenda.

  1. Can you describe your most positive / influencing experience at a Privacy Salon?

Would be difficult to name only one, as the Privacy salon gave me many useful tools, but I would say the urge to search and expand my understanding on data privacy and security, as well as that feeling protective about your data is not a bad thing, as there are other people like you out there.

  1. Would you say that your perspective on data and privacy protection has changed since first visiting a Privacy Salon? How?

Yes, I learned about more channels, from which my data could be taken and used without my knowledge. It put emphasis on sayings such as “if a service is free, you are the product”, which I did not reflect that much before. Thus, following these workshops I am much more aware of the data I give and I can make a conscious choice to use a certain service or not. For instance, I would not like to have a smartwatch or other health tracking devices, because I am not sure how much this data is protected, and how it could be used by future employers, insurance companies or advertisers.

  1. Privacy Salon meetings aim to share practical tools with people to protect their data from “intrusive surveillance”. Which are your top three tools and / or advises that you’d like to share with us?

  • The privacy salon website https://www.privacysalon.lu/: I always use this website as a reference every time I get on a new laptop with internet (either mine of my friends) and want to install adblocker and other useful plugins they are not aware of. It is a starting pack for an unsuspecting internet user .

  • Twitter: I got registered after my first privacy salon, as I was told this is the best way to keep up with the data privacy news and other tech news. With some fine-tuning of your twitter algorithm and the right people to follow you can indeed get a lot of interesting data related news and discussions, which is difficult to achieve with any other social media. Twitter is the one social media I do not consider as waste of time, as it teaches me stuff and exposes me to interesting content.

  • Podcasts: As in my daily life/work I am mostly surrounded by people who are not concerned much about sharing their data, it was difficult at first for me to get further in these topics and grow my vocabulary and understanding. Podcasts on data privacy and cyber issues are a great way to listen to such conversations and get exposed to them. My favourites are Defensive security (http://defensivesecurity.org/), Note to self (https://www.wnycstudios.org/shows/notetoself/) and WIRED Security spoken edition (https://poddtoppen.se/podcast/1211754233/wired-security-spoken-edition).

If you already are or if you have become interested in visiting a Privacy Salon, check out the BEE SECURE agenda for the upcoming dates. The Digital Privacy Salon is free, intended for everyone, no prior technical expertise is assumed. For more information on the initiative, visit http://www.privacysalon.lu