November 2, 5-7pm
101 Baldy Hall (Kiva Room), UB North Campus    

“You have a right to exist safely in digital spaces” — DIY Feminist Cybersecurity Guide

This workshop, hosted by PhD student in Media Study, Yvette Granata, will highlight techniques for personal safety that address domestic violence, stalking and cyber harassment.

Cybersecurity is often framed mainly from the point of view of the security industry, where security is aimed at protecting computing systems from the risk of hacks, spoofs, denied services, and as protecting private data from theft, leaks, and social engineering. Over the past decade, personal cybersecurity risks have been brought to the attention of the public with identity theft and doxxing, and in regards to the NSA’s surveillance activities. For many, however, digital safety includes other concerns often left out of mainstream cybersecurity discussions. As the DIY feminist cybersecurity guide points out, “threats to digital autonomy are gendered, racialized, queerphobic, transphobic, ableist, and classist in nature.” As such is the case, this workshop will highlight issues often overlooked by mainstream discussions and put forth ways in which ‘cybersecurity’ extends beyond computer vulnerabilities, and the various ways to begin to address these security needs.

We will look at what our data does and how others might use it, and review everyday tactics for digital safety for various individual needs, such as email encryption, protecting mobile device data and social media accounts, and anonymous web browsing. 

Ultimately, the aim of the workshop is to give an overview of various tools that allow participants to figure out what suits their own needs best for their identity, to create a space for knowledge sharing, mutual aid, co-learning, and to provide tools for passing on to others.  The workshop uses methods from various open source guides including Equality Labs Digital Defense Curriculum, the DIY feminist cyber-security guide, the DIY cybersecurity for domestic violence, and Granata's own tactics. 

Bring your laptop and your phone! No experience needed and all are welcome. Pizza will be provided.