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- Gender and Technology Institute, Berlin + (Morning Tracks
Starting on Wednesday, you … Morning Tracks Starting on Wednesday, you will have the option to choose between two tracks which you will continue with for the rest of the week “Training Skills” and “Privacy Advocacy”. 1. Privacy Advocacy This track has been designed to develop our understanding of digital privacy from a practical perspective. The aim is to strengthen our work as digital privacy advocates who can talk practically about the issues, what can be done and what this means in the context of our work. Each day we will combine discussion based learning with practical hands-on sessions and together not only learn from each other but build our confidence and skills as future advocates. Over five days, we will work to create some of the key building blocks that will help us better understand how technology, the infrastructure and the industry works and how to convince others to make better choices. We will start by looking behind the screens to see where our data goes, how the data industry works and explore our digital shadows. We will then look at surveillance, how it works practically and what this means for freedom of expression and association. Moving from behind the screens to what happens within them, we will look at online harassment and intimidation, particularly in the context of gender, and work together through strategies for handling this; from identity management to social media tactics. Finally, we will work on skills for advocating around privacy, influencing others and breaking down common arguments, such as 'nothing to hide' and 'national security' arguments. On the final morning, participants will be expected to prepare and lead a session on digital privacy and will receive feedback. Important to note that this track requires continuity through all learning sessions. 2. Training Skills This track, designed for participants relatively knowledgeable about digital security focuses on practicalities and best-practices of facilitating digital security trainings for human rights defenders and activists. The areas of focus will include: Training as a process, wherein we will explore the role and limitations of training on digital security, and best practices relating to agenda design, logistics, evaluation and more. We will highlight important principles of facilitation in the context of a holistic approach to security which recognises the central importance of well-being and broader best practices relating to security management and planning to a successful digital security training: How does a trainer deal with stress and trauma among participants, and how might these factors impact a participant's ability to learn? What are effective and ineffective ways to promote security in a learning environment, and what does gender justice in a digital security training look like? We will also focus on the different ways adults learn in order to prepare participants for how to deal with different styles and learning types, and design creative and interactive means of teaching sometimes dry and complicated technical concepts. It is important to note that this track requires continuity through all learning sessions. You can find here more details about the foreseen learning sessions that will compose this track. Afternoon Hands-On Digital Security and Privacy Tools The track on digital security and privacy tools is oriented towards all participants of the Institute and will split between those who already have basic knowledge and experiences with security tools and strategies and those who are already using them. The sessions here aim to explain complicated concepts (e.g how encryption works), help you understand how these can help you in your work, and teach you the available and trusted tools to do it. This track will also host install party sessions in order to help participants who want to migrate to Gnu/Linux to install a free distribution. Depending on your level of knowledge, the learning outcomes will be determined together with the facilitators and the rest of the group but could include: mobile security, encryption of devices, files and mails, anonymisation and bypassing of censorship, how to use Tails and how to organise a key signing party. Basics Gender and Technology Basics These sessions are oriented towards all participants with or without previous knowledge of feminism and/or gender social justice issues. The expected learning outcomes encompass a better understanding about the different feminist movements, which are the feminist and post-feminist theories in relation to technologies and why there is a gender and cultural diversity gap in computer sciences, free software and hacker cultures and which are the strategies to reduce those gaps. This track will also address the different types of on-line threats and on-line gender based violence inasmuch as the tactics and initiatives enabling to overcome and tackle those issues. The different learning sessions will mix different methodologies such as storytelling, focussed group discussion, videos, talks and many other surprises. You can browse among the bibliographic resources dealing with those topics here and also visit our page listing gender and feminist initiatives online Computer and Security Basics These sessions are aimed at people who want to start with the basics, or catch up on what they think have missed in previous trainings or learning on digital security such as how the internet works, history of operating systems, why everyone loves free and open source software, malware and viruses, basics of data storage or hardware security etc. Skillshares These sessions will allow participants who have a specific skill or experience relevant to the Institute, which won't be covered in the content tracks, to share with others. These could include topics such as “Strategies to counter online violence”, “How Mesh Networks work”, “Feminist Technology Infrastructure” etc.“Feminist Technology Infrastructure” etc.)