[CryptoParty] introducing openpgp-schulungen.de
hauke.laging at openpgp-schulungen.de
Wed Jun 26 16:55:06 GMT 2013
this is mainly relevant for people in Germany but in order not to be inpolite
I write this in English.
In October 2012 I started giving regular OpenPGP courses at the Berlin Linux
User Group (BeLUG, http://www.belug.de/openpgp.html). Because one more person
giving such courses does not make a big difference I started this website a
few weeks later:
(English summary at http://www.openpgp-courses.org/)
Years ago I have started writing one of the most comprehensive (and most
correct...) German web pages about OpenPGP (which is in Google's top 10 for
the keyword openpgp):
My first aim is to help creating a huge lot of regular (high quality) courses
all over Germany (and help and motivate others to do something similar
abroad). My second aim is to increase the demand for such courses accordingly.
I try to reach the first aim by offering my teaching experience and my
resulting thought, my OpenPGP expert knowledge, and teaching materials. One of
my best offers is my bash script for the generation of high quality keys in a
secure environment (e.g. Knoppix). My belief is that new users need not know
much about cryptography but that even their first key should be generated with
expert knowledge instead of "Do it yourself, click here and there and now you
have a key" (and the illusion of security). BTW: The recommendations in your
handbook are not what I think most experts would suggest. In addition to the
help with regards to content I try to help with the organizational part (by
bringing different people together). The less a lecturer has to do the more
willing lecturers I will find (and the more courses can each of them give).
In regard to the second aim I have developed (and, of course, am still working
on it) a strategy for OpenPGP promotion (it's on the site).
Why do I post this to a Cryptoparty mailing list? The simple answer is:
Somebody who organizes Cryptoparty events has pointed me at it. :-)
But seriously: Those of you who are interested in teaching OpenPGP may find my
web site useful. If some of you think that their local Cryptoparty events are
suitable for people who mainly (or even only) want to learn OpenPGP then I
will happily add you to my courses list.
If you have technical questions about OpenPGP or want "remote support" for
your (first) courses then I am willing to help. Or if you want to improve the
OpenPGP part of your handbook...
I would be glad if anybody is interested in working on the promotion strategy
(or even in helping to execute it).
To tell the truth I am not convinced that the Cryptoparty approach (as I
understand it) it the right one. Lack of knowledge is dangerous with security.
I realize how limited the amount of knowledge is which you can through at
normal people on a single event. I once attended to a Cryptoparty in Berlin
and was a bit shocked about the amount of rather useless information for
beginners. In my opinion beginners should get used to one tool (reasonably a
powerful one that everyone needs i.e. OpenPGP) first. If they have become
familiar with the concepts after a few months then it should be much easier
for them to understand (and use) the others. Nonetheless I can well imagine
some kind of cooperation (even if it is just personal).
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