Date: 04/07/2020

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Protecting yourself, loved ones and collaborators

This workshop is aimed at all people who use phones and computers including people who “are bad at tech”.

The content is based on research, working with security experts and on the ground experience working with community activists and people who believe government and corporations do not have the right to spy on people by default.

We will cover both personal privacy and also remote collaboration.

Webinar is based on this guide:

Digital Security for Everyone – This guide is designed for beginners and non-technical people with the aim of increasing security across our whole community.


Part One – Surveillance systems in Australia in 2020 and why should we care?

Introductory discussion on what we know about the systems, why people don’t care about this and explore mis-truths about the surveillance systems that target everyday people by default.


Part Two – Digital Security Concepts

Concepts to consider when sorting out your digital privacy and security.


Part Three – tools

Demonstration of tools to help protect yourself, loved ones and collaborators. These recommendations are based on using these tools on the ground in organising and protest, as well as flirting with our lovers.




Extract of the webinar chat

From J### To Glenn : In the 1980s VicPol spied on activist groups, and individuals, as well as infiltrating groups and changing their decision making. I was one of the 240 approx. pple that a file was made on. it was horrible

From S###: Spying on #ExxonKnew campaign

What’s the name of the anon SIM provider?

From J### : One ofhter replacement for Slack:

From J### : Jitsi is good. And if stability is an issue, set up your own instance locally

From S### : Zoom is talking about now giving encryption to free customers but you will have to give them ID (possibly phone number).

From J### : for file sharing (Nextcloud) also good for file sharing (50MB limit)

From S### : Proton mail does the same – reporting warrants

From J### : Also another shared colab pad:

From M### : I’ve heard that zoom and Jitsi chats are more encrypted than the video conferencing, ie end to end
From J### : Yep, Jitsi is good
From J### :

From S### : I like Authy for 2FA


Glenn Todd
  • 20 years commercial website development experience
  • Extensive NFP, campaigning and NVDA experience
  • 6 years teaching experience including at RMIT university
  • Winner of 2019 Connectingup NFP Technology Lifetime Service Award
  • Helped launch ICANW, the campaign that won a Nobel Peace Prize
  • More details see