Announcement: CCDBR and LPL to Jointly Present Digital Security Training

Posted on October 9, 2017

It is with great excitement that the Chicago Committee to Defend the Bill of Rights announces that we will be presenting two digital security training sessions this week featuring Lucy Parsons Labs. The two workshops, one on October 12 and the other on October 15, are open to activists, civil liberties advocates, and anyone interested in protecting their digital privacy and security, and will feature an overview on new training materials as well as a question and answer segment with digital security experts. 

Notably, the sessions will feature new, not-yet-released digital security guides and materials from the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the leading advocate and defender of digital rights and freedom. As such, participants will have the chance to explore and test out the latest techniques developed by the foremost authority on digital privacy and security. 

We are also delighted and honored to be joined for these events by Chicago’s Lucy Parsons Labs, a leading voice in the community for police surveillance accountability and transparency. For years, Lucy Parsons Labs has worked to uncover the surreptitious acquisition and use of invasive surveillance technology, such as stingrays (also known as “cell-site simulators” or “IMSI catchers”), by the Chicago Police Department and other law enforcement agencies operating in the city of Chicago. Their work has led them to such collaborations as (among others) a recent, explosive report in the Chicago Reader on CPD’s expenditure of civil forfeiture-derived funds. Additionally, their ranks boast highly skilled digital security professionals, and as a result Lucy Parsons Labs commands a high degree of technical expertise. CCDBR could not have asked for a more knowledgeable organization to guide and present this week’s training.

Finally, we are proud to hold these workshops in a totally open and democratic format, in which participants are free to engage as much or little as they choose. Attendance to both sessions is free, no registration is required, and personal introductions are completely optional. Attendees are therefore free to participate anonymously if desired, or to self-identify and network they choose, and question submission is also conducted anonymously. A safe and welcoming environment is essential for constructively developing digital privacy and security practices, and we have taken great pains to ensure such an environment for these training sessions. 

For more information on this week’s workshops, please visit our Events page. We hope you will join us for this and future events.