During the recent uprising in Egypt, in January 2011, the order was given to “turn off” the Internet, sending shock waves around the world. Murmurs were heard of US security agencies and American politicians asking for access to a similar kill switch. These actions force us to look at who owns the Internet? This is where the Choke Point Project comes in, mapping the nodes of control in service of the multitude of global citizens whom authoritarian regimes can act upon without their consent.
The workshops teach people how the Internet works, including its underlying structures. Exploring themes such as privacy, data security, civil rights in a digital environment. It will give anyone attending a foundational basis with which to understand how the Internet works and show you how secure you are technically, legally and practically. You will walk away more aware of the inherent problems therein and a more healthy paranoia, feeling safer when warranted and feeling properly insecure when not. Able to understand higher level discourse on these topics, improving decision making and giving insight into subjects where the Internet is concerned.