A Beginner's Guide to Mitigating Physical and Digital Surveillance
September 30, 2017
About the workshop
Effective surveillance used to be an extremely expensive proposition. What once took a team of professionals and physical access to the spaces that they wished spy upon, can now be achieved with the aid of the very devices we carry on our person and place in our homes. Social media has made it exponentially easier to uncover information that can be used against you in employment, legal, and personal settings. While the type of surveillance NSA surveillance described by Edward Snowden is problematic, in reality all surveillance is local. Adversaries range from federal, state, and local police forces, to corporations, and an increasingly effective group of amateurs.
What can be done to mitigate these threats in both physical and digital spaces? We will navigate the confusing maze of security and safety recommendations and discuss:
- Threat modeling (Different security measures apply for different adversaries)
- Encrypted messaging apps
- Tor & proxy servers
- Two factor authentication (SMS & Yubi Keys)
- Cell phone selection
- Social media monitoring
- Local surveillance occurring in Columbus
This course is designed to be a basic overview of the methods of mitigating physical and digital surveillance designed for activists, students, and other non-IT professionals.
About the Instructor
Ryan Mason studied Security and Intelligence & Criminology at The Ohio State University. He has attended hundreds of hours worth of training conducted by local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies in the areas of security, investigations, and intelligence gathering & analysis. Ryan currently holds the designation of certified fraud examiner (CFE). He has held positions in the corporate security divisions of several Fortunate 500 corporations and specializes in complex fraud investigations.
To reserve a seat in the workshop, please register using one of the links below:
Performance: Detroit Bureau of Sound (MI) + Rocco di Pietro (CMH)
September 30, 2017
On the evening of Saturday, September 30th we are proud to present pianist/percussionist Zac Brunell’s experimental music curation platform Detroit Bureau of Sound (MI) and avant-garde composer Rocco di Pietro (CMH). Detroit Bureau of Sound will be performing “Sounds of Resistance”, an original work that incorporates Iannis Xenakis’ piece “Rebonds A + B”. Rocco Di Pietro will be performing his new work “A Turning for Pauline Oliveros”. The performance will take place at the It Looks Like Its Open gallery (13 E. Tulane Rd, cmh 43202). Admission: $5. Doors 7:30pm. BYOB, all ages.
About the performers:
DETROIT BUREAU OF SOUND is an experimental music curation platform with a simple objective: to deepen your connection with sound, itself. Weaving together the boldest forms of sonic art, DBS creates intense experiences for the ears and more.
ZAC BRUNELL is a performer and concert producer in the Motor City. As director of the Detroit Bureau of Sound, his work engulfs a range of avant garde music through his productions, which have been described as “sounding as raw as mating bull elephants” (Lansing City Pulse on “X is for Xenakis”). A classically trained percussionist and pianist, Zac is a graduate of the Michigan State University College of Music and is currently Production Manager with the award-winning ensemble New Music Detroit.
“NOISES OF RESISTANCE” uses the music of Iannis Xenakis as told by Zac Brunell to convey the math and proportions of nature. Xenakis was leading a resistance against the British Occupation in Athens in 1949 when half of his face got blown off in an explosion. He went on to become one of the most imaginative and influential minds of architecture and music. Using recordings of Xenakis’s electronic body of music alongside his solo percussion piece “Rebonds A+B”, this performance represents the stubbornness and methods of resisting, as in counteraction, be it individual or collective.
Rocco Di Pietro (born 1949) is composer, pianist, author, teacher, and habilitationist whose work crosses multiple disciplinary boundaries.