Free Cake & Learn to Encrypt Email & Data (and browse the web without being tracked)

“For Normal Privacy Please Encrypt Your Data”

Saturday 7th December – Mad Lab 36-40 Edge Street, Manchester M4 1HN
(Between Thomas St and the Craft Centre, opposite A Bar Called Common)

1.30pm – Free Entry – Cake provided
Event supported by Manchester Open Rights Group and Manchester FSFE.


If you would like to learn how to ensure normal, every-day privacy when using your computer, tablet or mobile phone, then come to CryptoParty-Mcr. You can learn simple and effective ways to encrypt your emails and chat, and how to browse the internet anonymously. By using encryption, you can protect your privacy, make sure you do your job properly (if you handle sensitive data), and help to protect the privacy of others, including political and environmental activists from all around the world.

Our Next Event will be on the 7th of December – tickets are free and cake will be provided. Bring your phone, tablet, laptop etc!

We thought how can we make people think about why we don’t use encryption by default. We came up with the following text.

“When we stand at a cash machine or at the reception desk of the doctors surgery, we expect people to keep their distance. When we work on our laptops, text our friends or read a book in a public place – we don’t want people to lean over our shoulders. When we sit and talk in a café or on the train, we feel uncomfortable when someone appears to be listening too intently. In the physical world we expect normal, every-day privacy… so why do those same rules not apply on-line?”

If you can’t make it I run an online course at P2PU on how to encrypt your email which you could try out.