From last week’s brainstorming sessions for the Practical Cryptography class project…

What topics might we include in this guide? What do you want to learn about? What might your fellow students be interested in learning? What should they know about cryptography?

  • Deep Web and privacy
  • University censorship
  • Online shopping security
  • Phishing: VUIT, sports
  • School tech policies
  • Take advantage of / not get taken advantage of
  • University data mining
  • Online / cell phone tracking
  • Twitter hacking

What tools might we use to produce this guide? Diigo, WordPress, Twitter, others? Consider both production and distribution phases.

  • Twitter: for publicity, mention @vanderbiltu
  • WordPress: Dedicated site and URL
  • Diigo: topic ideas, shared references

Related: How should we tell Vanderbilt students about the guide? How can we get the word out, either during or after production?

  • Twitter
  • Pyramid scheme
  • Some kind of event re: 1 or more topics
  • Email all students?
  • Tree posters with QR codes
  • Commons email
  • VU Facebook / VU News
  • Hustler

What timetable should we follow to produce this guide? Notable dates: 11/24-28 is Thanksgiving Break. 12/3 is the last day of classes. 12/6 is the date of our “final exam.”

  • Topics by Monday, November 17th
  • Spring: (more) publicity

How might we use class time productively over the next few weeks?

  • Discuss / brainstorm topics
    Writing days (e.g. “Can you read this?”)

You’re writing a guide to practical cryptography. Let’s hear some possible chapter titles.

A torr way of life
The Cloud is Leaking
The Darkness of the Deep Web
Protect yourself
How to be nowhere
Is your password strong enough?
How to wear an invisibility cloak online
What does the government know about you?
How secure are your passwords?
Hacking into Emails 101
Rebooting Your iPhone Just Might Save you Jail Time
Navigating the Dark Web
Censorship: What you can and can’t say on campus
Hacking Emails 102
RSA: How does it really work?
How To Be Nowhere: Avoiding Government Tracking
Who’s watching you?
Leave No Trace: Avoid Being Tracked
Instead of “The Cloud is Leaking,” why not say “raining”?
Don’t Lose Your Life Savings Trying to Get a Discount: Staying Safe When Shopping Online
Cookies are not to eat
Don’t Take the Bait: Preventing Phishing Attacks
Cookies are not all bad.
Cookies are not to eat.
Thinking a cookie is chocolate chip when it’s actually oatmeal raisin leads to sadness
Phishing: trying to get any type of personal information about someone over the internet by pretending to be a reliable source
Axciom: The Next Frontier of Privacy Invasion
XKeyscore: The previous frontier of privacy invasion
Canadian Netflix Has Downton Abbey: A Beginner’s Guide to Using Proxy Servers
Avoiding Online Price Discrimination: Trash your Cookies