Surveillance Self-Defense 101

EFF Tux - Image attribution: Larry Ewing, Simon Budig, Anja Gerwinski, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation

On Saturday, April 16th, members of the Chicago Linux User Group along with Shahid Buttar from the Electronic Frontier Foundation will co-host a free workshop on surveillance self-defense. The workshop will be open to the public, though particularly structured for activists and lawyers who support social movements.

You are not expected to be a technical expert to attend this session - it is geared towards regular smartphone and laptop users. We will be sharing knowledge of surveillance, some immediate and practical steps you can take to protect your communications, and how to work with neighbors to influence surveillance policy at the state and local level.

To get the most out of the event, we recommend that you bring your phone and/or laptop.

The event will take place at SPACE, located at 444 N. Wabash Ave in downtown Chicago. The session will start at 11:00am, and will last approximately four hours. We recommend that you take public transit to attend the event. SPACE is conveniently located near the Grand Avenue stop on the CTA Red Line, and is wheelchair accessible. Pizza and other refreshments will be served.

There is no cost to attend, but we encourage (though not require) that you RSVP so that we may plan accordingly. And feel free share this event, too! Registrations are handled via the EFF website. We look forward to seeing you on April 16th!

Special Notes

Legal professionals licensed to practice in Illinois will have an opportunity to receive Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) credit for a $25 cost.

We will have vegetarian food options available. If you prefer a vegan, gluten free, or other food option, please send an email to with your request.

Detail Summary

ChicagoLUG and Electronic Frontier Foundation Surveillance Self-Defense Workshop
- Saturday, April 16th, 2016, from 11:00am - 3:00pm

- SPACE - 444 N. Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
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An alternate entry to the event is through the After Words Bookstore entrance on 23 East Illinois street.