Remote Classes, Workshops, and IoT for Education

PrivacySafe Maker Edition
PrivacySafe Maker Edition with assorted swag from digital freedom organizations.

“They say that ‘there is no cloud, only other peoples’ computers,’ but it turns out that you can have both: a cloud that YOU own. Technological self-determination won’t necessarily deliver a high-tech utopia, but its absence is dystopian as hell.” – Cory Doctorow, author and activist, referring to PrivacySafe IoT appliances

PrivacySafe Technology Foundation’s mission is to educate and empower people via private and secure technology. The Maker Edition (Development Kit) version of our IoT appliance includes learning modules that emphasize creativity via Command Line Literacy activities. Proficiency with a command line interface (CLI) allows people to better protect their privacy and learn cybersecurity.

Though we are still developing the Maker Edition as an educational platform, our focus has pivoted away from delivery of curriculum via IoT appliances. Following the COVID-19 pandemic and the ubiquity of remote teaching, we decided to build an online Learning Commons as our primary educational initiative.

Learning Commons

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Video session with IoT hardware demo

PrivacySafe classes are hosted remotely in our Learning Commons, an educational environment designed for empowerment, autonomy, and inquiry. We emphasize the development of critical thinking skills, conveying strategies that enable people to continue learning and creating throughout their lives. Our Learning Commons is designed and moderated by Sean O’Brien, lecturer at Yale Law School (Cybersecurity LAW 20310) and founder of Yale Privacy Lab, an initiative of the Information Society Project at Yale Law School.

PrivacySafe Learning Commons is built upon a Free and Open-Source Software (FOSS) stack, protecting privacy and offering an alternative to insecure apps like Zoom and learning management systems like Blackboard that promote proprietary lock-in and surveillance. Learning Commons has grown from the success of Flatten The Curve Summit, and we are integrating the lessons we’ve learned from hosting a global, diverse, and distributed teach-in.

Memberships

PrivacySafe Technology Foundation is a member-driven, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. All PrivacySafe members get access to the Learning Commons and other benefits based upon their membership tier.  Please browse our shop to compare membership tiers and become a member.

Become A Member

Attendees of Flatten The Curve Summit receive unlimited classes when they register for a Gold Membership. If you have not received a promo code for this discount, contact us.

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Video session with healthcare software demo

Learning Commons Features

☑️ Interactive Video Sessions with Member Q&A
☑️ Desktop Sharing, Whiteboard, and Video Sharing
☑️ Breakout Sessions for Group Collaboration
☑️ Public and Private Chat Rooms, Direct E2EE Member Chat
☑️ Flipped Classrooms with Direct Feedback and Polls
☑️ Optional Evaluations and Recognition of Achievements via Open Badges
☑️ Networking Opportunities and Brainstorming Events

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Video session with sonic surveillance demo

Our Promise to Members

🎁 You Own the Classes: Recordings, slides, and other class materials are released under a Creative Commons license.
🔐 Classes Are Private: No dodgy ad-tech tracking by Google or other third parties.
🛡️ Classes Are Secure: We don’t require members to install broken apps like Zoom.
🙈 No Spying on Members: We don’t engage in surveillance or member profiling and ask for active, opt-in consent for information.
🤐 Private Conversations: We offer end-to-end encrypted (E2EE) chat to all members and instructors.
No Ads, No Product Pitches: When we make recommendations we do it fairly, critically, and without sponsors.
💯 Fresh, No-Nonsense Content: We don’t cut corners, we talk about current events, and we disclose potential bias.
💬 Plain Language: Our classes offer clear and honest dialogue, delivered simply and without technobabble.
👍 No Hidden Costs: We don’t trick users into paying for features and describe all membership costs up front.

Note: Classes are only available for adults over the age of 18, are only taught in English, and we do not have experts in accessibility or learning disabilities available yet. If you want to help bring our classes to a wider audience, contact us.

Upcoming Classes

Digital Self-DefenseDigital Self-Defense: Tracking the Trackers
June 4, 2020 | Starts at 16:30 EDT (Evening, Eastern U.S.) | Workshop (3.5 hour "Drop In" Session)

In this introductory session, we discuss the methods used by governments and ad-tech companies to surveil users and provide methods for tracking identification, mitigation, and defense. Topics include mobile device trackers, proximity sensors, and targeted advertising, all delivered via simple, hands-on examples.

Instructor: Sean O'Brien, lecturer at Yale Law School (Cybersecurity 20310) and founder of Yale Privacy Lab, an initiative of the Information Society Project at Yale Law School. Sean is the Executive Director of PrivacySafe Technology Foundation.

Join This Class

We take sizable breaks in between instructor-led workshops and provide time for onboarding, discussion, and feedback. If you cannot attend the entire class, feel free to "drop in" and we will do our best to catch you up during a break. Gold Members will receive a badge after completing a quick evaluation.

16:30-17:00 EDT: Member Onboarding and Q&A

17:00-18:00 EDT: One Hour Workshop

18:00-18:30 EDT: Break and Member Discussion

18:30-19:30 EDT: One Hour Workshop

19:30-20:00 EDT: Member Feedback and Q&A

Note: All software we recommend will be free of cost and free as in freedom (FOSS). Please be prepared to install apps on the device(s) you use for class.


Digital Self-DefenseDigital Self-Defense: Tracking the Trackers
June 11, 2020 | Starts at 16:30 EDT (Evening, Eastern U.S.) | Workshop (3.5 hour "Drop In" Session)

In this introductory session, we discuss the methods used by governments and ad-tech companies to surveil users and provide methods for tracking identification, mitigation, and defense. Topics include mobile device trackers, proximity sensors, and targeted advertising, all delivered via simple, hands-on examples.

Instructor: Sean O'Brien, lecturer at Yale Law School (Cybersecurity 20310) and founder of Yale Privacy Lab, an initiative of the Information Society Project at Yale Law School. Sean is the Executive Director of PrivacySafe Technology Foundation.

Join This Class

We take sizable breaks in between instructor-led workshops and provide time for onboarding, discussion, and feedback. If you cannot attend the entire class, feel free to "drop in" and we will do our best to catch you up during a break. Gold Members will receive a badge after completing a quick evaluation.

16:30-17:00 EDT: Member Onboarding and Q&A

17:00-18:00 EDT: One Hour Workshop

18:00-18:30 EDT: Break and Member Discussion

18:30-19:30 EDT: One Hour Workshop

19:30-20:00 EDT: Member Feedback and Q&A

Note: All software we recommend will be free of cost and free as in freedom (FOSS). Please be prepared to install apps on the device(s) you use for class.


Digital Self-DefenseDigital Self-Defense: The Big Picture
June 18, 2020 | Evening (Eastern U.S.) | Workshop (3.5 hour "Drop In" Session)

In this intermediate session, we explore concepts that surround digital self-defense by focusing on the software ecosystem, network communication, and Internet history. We offer alternatives and replacements for popular platforms such as Facebook, YouTube, and Dropbox. Topics include Big Tech, "the cloud", centralization, network effects, and social media.

Instructor: Sean O'Brien, lecturer at Yale Law School (Cybersecurity 20310) and founder of Yale Privacy Lab, an initiative of the Information Society Project at Yale Law School. Sean is the Executive Director of PrivacySafe Technology Foundation.

Join This Class

We take sizable breaks in between instructor-led workshops and provide time for onboarding, discussion, and feedback. If you cannot attend the entire class, feel free to "drop in" and we will do our best to catch you up during a break. Gold Members will receive a badge after completing a quick evaluation.

16:30-17:00 EDT: Member Onboarding and Q&A

17:00-18:00 EDT: One Hour Workshop

18:00-18:30 EDT: Break and Member Discussion

18:30-19:30 EDT: One Hour Workshop

19:30-20:00 EDT: Member Feedback and Q&A

Note: All software we recommend will be free of cost and free as in freedom (FOSS). Please be prepared to install apps on the device(s) you use for class.