Bring your connected device and learn to use cutting-edge encryption tools during the San Francisco CryptoParty.

Event Details


swissnex San Francisco
730 Montgomery St., San Francisco, 94111 United States


May 19, 2015 from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm America/Los Angeles (UTC-08:00)



Bring a laptop, smartphone, or tablet and join us for swissnex San Francisco’s CryptoParty. Open to all, learn about basic cryptography software such as TOR, The Onion Router, Public Key Encryption, and Off The Record messaging/calling, as well as other applications for the general public.

The Party is led by hacktivist, cypherpunk, and crypto expert, Andy Isaacson, co-founder of the Noisebridge hackerspace. Also on hand are two CryptoParty veterans Zaki Manian & Jessy Irwin as well as Dr. Christine Corbett Moran, one of the minds behind the launch of the open source encrypted phone call app Signal by Open Whisper Systems.


6:30 pm  doors open
7:00 pm  intro
7:30 pm  demonstration and tutorial of TextSecure & Signal
8:30 pm  quick demo of TAILS
9:30 pm  quick demo of TOR Browser Bundle
10:00 pm  doors close


Dr. Christine Corbett Moran


Christine Corbett does research in computational astrophysics, high performance computing, and big data visualization. She’s primarily interested in the gravitational force, which she says she considers the most beautiful and mysterious of all of nature’s fundamental forces.

After completing a PhD at the University of Zurich in Switzerland in February 2015, she began a postdoc in theoretical physics at Caltech; and now lives and work out of Los Angeles, California.

In her free time, she has done a lot of open source and mobile application development oriented around technical activism: data privacy and cryptography, gender based violence and social justice, including major contributions to Open Whisper Systems’ Signal, Circle of 6, and Encyclopedia Android/iOS applications.

Jessy Irwin

Jessy Irwin is a communications professional in privacy and cybersecurity working in San Francisco. As a security advocate, she works to empower web users to protect themselves online and raises awareness of security issues in education technology.

Andy Isaacson


Andy Isaacson is a software engineer and co-founder of the anarchistic and educational hackerspace Noisebridge in San Francisco. He runs the Noisebridge Tor exit node, part of a network that anonymizes internet users. He asks pointed questions about cryptography, security, and their intersection with society and ethics as @eqe on Twitter.

Zaki Manian

Zaki Manian is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur and the coordinator of Bay Area Restore the Fourth, the Northern California chapter of the national organization that advocates for the protection of Fourth Amendment rights.

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These events are part of a monthlong series and exhibition at swissnex San Francisco that ask tough questions about digital security in the past, present, and future.

Project Cyber Virus: Digital Security Then and Now
May 6-29, 2015
Inside the secret world of hacking, cyberterrorism, encryption, and vintage computer viruses.

Project Cyber Virus: Opening Reception
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Learn the history of hacking and its counterculture during opening night of our monthlong exhibit, Project Cyber Virus.

Vulnerability in the Connected World
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Ensuring Safety for the Future of Cyberspace
May 19, 2015
Learn which technologies hold promise for protecting our data and privacy in cyberspace, why you should use them, and how they work.



Photo: Myleen Hollero

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