Cardiff - Introduction to Privacy and Information Security: Concepts and Tools

    Monday 15 September 2014
    JOMEC, Cardiff University

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    JOMEC, Cardiff University
    15 September

    This workshop will give attendees an overview of the range of threats from public and private organisations and the various measures to deal with them. The trainer will look at what tools to use (and not use) under certain conditions and how to defeat state-level attacks against your communications on a shoestring budget.

    While many of the threats to electronic communications have been discussed for decades, the revelations made by Edward Snowden last year have shown us the scope and scale of the intrusion on our basic rights as humans and journalists.

    As a journalist you need to be able to protect your sources, yourself and your story (in that order). This means securing both content and meta-data relating to any communications you have with them by electronic or other means. In the future the ability of a journalist to effectively do this could determine if sources come to them or not. Glen Greenwald was almost passed over for the scoop of a lifetime because he did not have encrypted email on his laptop at the time Snowden was trying to contact him.

    After the introduction to basic theory and time for a Q&A, the various tools that can be used will be discussed. This discussion will include tools to browse anonymously, chat and mail with encryption and prevent data-loss from theft/confiscation of laptops and storage media (the TOR-browser, Truecrypt, GPG mailcrypto and other tools. An advanced practical workshop will be held in the future - if you are interested in the hands-on infosec labs please email

    Venue and Booking Details
    The School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies, Cardiff University have kindly offered to host this event. 

    The event is free to all to attend but is primarily directed towards journalists, NGO workers and activists. To register please send an email to with the number of places you are booking for.

    This event will be held subject to a minimum number of responses and will be confirmed by Friday 12 September.

    The Trainer
    Arjen Kamphuis is co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Gendo. He studied Science & Policy at Utrecht University and worked for IBM and Twynstra Gudde as IT architect, trainer and IT strategy advisor. Since late 2001 Arjen has been working independently and advises clients on the strategic impact of new technological developments.