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Feb 12, 2017 at 7:30 pm


With Harlo Holmes, Matt Mitchell, Quinn Norton, Chris Clapis and more facilitators TBA

Learn tools for online privacy and digital data protection at UnionDocs first-ever CryptoParty.

Bring your laptops and smartphones to UnionDocs for our first-ever CryptoParty. Learn tools and tactics for protecting your privacy online and for securing your digital data. Journalists, documentary filmmakers, activists and citizens with a desire to improve their online security are encouraged to come learn from NYC encryption experts. The evening will include mini-presentations by guest facilitators and break-out sessions for more advanced training. All levels of technical knowledge are welcome.

Led by security researcher and hacker Matt Mitchell, Harlo Holmes of the Freedom of the Press Foundation, journalist and digital literacy expert Quinn Norton, digital artist and activist Chris Clapis and a special guest from NYCResistor. 

This is a free, public event. RSVP required. Space is limited. For a more in-depth and thorough security overhaul consider our preceding weekend workshop on SAFEGUARDING SOURCES: ENCRYPTION AND TRAUMA PROTECTION that this event culminates. 


Brief Intros + Presentations

Breakout Work Groups

Social Time

84 min

Harlo Holmes, Encryption Expert & Director of Newsroom Digital Security at Freedom of the Press Foundation

Harlo Holmes is the Director of Newsroom Digital Security at Freedom of the Press Foundation. She strives to help individual journalists in various media organizations become confident and effective in securing their communications within their newsrooms, with their sources, and with the public at large. She is a media scholar, software programmer, and activist; and contributes regularly to the open source mobile security collective The Guardian Project.

Quinn Norton, Journalist, Digital Literacy Expert & Internet Activist

Quinn Norton is a writer who likes to hang out in the dead end alleys and rough neighborhood of the Internet, where bad things can happen to defenseless little packets. They are also places were new freedoms and poetries are born, and run riot over the network. She started studying hackers in 1995, after a wasted youth of Usenet and BBSing. These days, Quinn is a journalist, published in Wired, The Atlantic, Maximum PC, and more. She covers science, technology, copyright law, robotics, body modification, and medicine, but no matter how many times she tries to leave, she always comes back to hackers. Quinn was a subject in the 2014 documentary The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz.


Matt Mitchell is a hacker, security researcher, operational security trainer,and data journalist who founded & leads CryptoHarlem, impromptu workshops teaching basic cryptography tools to the predominately African American community in upper Manhattan.  Matt trains activists & journalists (as an independent trainer for Global Journalist Security) in digital security. His personal work focuses on marginalized, aggressively monitored, over-policed populations in the United States. Currently he is a 2016 Mozilla Foundation / Ford Foundation Open Web Fellow, embedded at Color of Change a civil rights / social justice organization; (more on the program at Mozilla) & Ford ). Matt is an Internet Freedom Festival 2016 Fellow , a New America 2016 CyberSecurity Initiative Fellow, and an advisor to the Open Technology Fund. He worked as a data journalist at The New York Times and a developer at CNN, Time Inc, NewsOne/InteractiveOne/TVOne/RadioOne, ,AOL/Huffington Post, & Essence Magazine.


Chris Clapis is an interactive/digital artist, developer, and activist focusing on the critical examination of power and systems of oppression. His most recent work is on Dataprint – an interactive theater experience that invites audiences to examine the information they give up; willingly or otherwise. He has also helped train activists in field work best practices for anonymity, including at previous cryptoparties.

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Feb 12, 2017
7:30 pm – 9:30 pm


352 Onderdonk Avenue
Ridgewood, NY 11385 United States
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