Hello, and welcome to the Nagoya CryptoParty.
We’re only just getting started up, so expect a little chaos as we figure out when, where, and how often we plan to meet, as well as how many people want to attend.
What is CryptoParty? It’s a meetup of people interested in learning some simple, basic cryptography for home use. As the internet has become a fixture in the lives of ordinary people, learning how to use the internet safely and securely has become more and more important. Just as we keep our passports, ID cards, and bank documents safely hidden away in the real world, it’s important for internet users to learn how to control who gets to see what information, and when. Criminals and overzealous police/security agencies alike prey on people who don’t protect their privacy well enough, so it behooves us all to try not to be low-hanging fruit.
At CryptoParty, we believe privacy is a valuable universal right. Many mistake ‘privacy’ for ‘secrecy’, but as the Cypherpunk Manifesto says, “Privacy is not secrecy. A private matter is something one doesn’t want the whole world to know, but a secret matter is something one doesn’t want anybody to know. Privacy is the power to selectively reveal oneself to the world.”
CryptoParties are meant to be fun, informal gatherings where people share and teach. There are no necessary skills or knowledge to take part in one, and the only thing you really need are a computer and an open mind. Some CryptoParties are held in large venues with big crowds, while others are small gatherings in somebody’s kitchen. Each CryptoParty is unique to the where it is, and who’s participating. To learn more about the CryptoParty movement, visit www.cryptoparty.org
We haven’t yet decided a date, time, or location for a our first meetup, as we don’t know how many people are interested. So, if you want to get in touch with us and participate, contact us! Either through our Twitter account (@CryptoNagoya) or at our e-mail account (firstname.lastname@example.org). Once we have a better idea of how many people are interested, we can start planning the specifics. Somebody’s apartment if they feel like volunteering, or else we can rent out a room in a community center.
Looking forward to hearing from you!