On 4/30/2016 we hosted Aram Bartholl and Nadja Buttendorf at Machine Project for Kill Your Phone and Cryptonails. Participants worked with Aram to sew their own custom signal blocking phone pouches, while Nadja offered magnetic manicures to blank hard drives and credit cards with ease.
On 5/29/2015 we brought the Cryptotrailer to Machine Project for a workshop on the basics of PGP email encryption, using the initial communications of Edward Snowden and Laura Poitras as our model. Through group role-play we review how Snowden and Poitras securely established technical trust and began communications. We learn to anonymously make initial contact with a source, verify the security of an encrypted message, and learn some tips for maintaining secure communications over time.
We held office hours at Crash Space in Culver City on March 8, 2015, with six stations headed by different professors offering a range of things to learn. from radio frequency hacking, navigating the dark web, keyrings, toy hacking, to private virtual realities.
Cryptoparty’s guest speaker Chris Csikszentmihalyi gave a talk on corporate and government accountability and a walking tour of the Inglewood Oil Field near Kenneth Hahn Park in Los Angeles on December 12, 2014.