Kerala Infrastructure and Technology for Education (KITE)


The workshops for Master Trainers from KITE (Kerala Infrastructure and Technology for Education) were conducted at their Regional Resource Centre, Edappaly on 17 and 18 July 2018. Approximately 170 people were trained over a course of two days. Prasanth initiated the workshop by giving the participants an overview of the current state of surveillance, censorship, cyber-security and cyber-attacks. He also spoke about legal aspects of privacy and security in India.

Thereafter, Sukarn and Shashikanth discussed threats to privacy on social media networks and effective methods to protect privacy. They demonstrated how online user tracking is performed by companies for building digital profiles which are then used to target ads. During the training they said "This data, if misused can cause a lot of harm. Users need to think and know how their data is going to be handled before sharing their information online. Think twice before sharing any sensitive information. Pay attention to whether website connection is secure and whether it's necessary to share that information."

Participants were taken through installing addons on Firefox which protects them from user-tracking followed by a demonstration of Tor Browser which helps them browse the internet anonymously. Signal, a free and open source (FOSS) secure chat application and Jitsi, a FOSS tool for video conferencing were introduced.

The workshop concluded with a hands-on session for configuring email accounts on Thunderbird (an email client) and setting up and using email encryption through Enigmail, an addon for Thunderbird.

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