Hack the Planet: Technology & Civil Liberties

Ages: 13-17
Cost: $140 (deposit $35)
Schedule: Thursdays, 2/9, 2/16, 3/2 and 3/9, 
Instructor: Drew Wilson

In 2016 the Internet is essential for everyday life. You use the Web to get news, connect with friends, communicate, express yourself, manage your money, pay bills, get directions, order food, and so on. At the same time, there are constantly news stories about hacking, data leaks and surveillance. Corporations, governments and others can track many aspects of our lives by watching the things that we do online. In this 4-week course, you’ll be immersed in emerging topics related to technology and civil liberties.

You’ll start by learning about how to think through threats to your privacy & security online. We’ll discuss tools and techniques for using the Web more safely and securely. Through weekly discussions and film screenings, we’ll cover topics such as: mass surveillance, targeted online tracking, digital security, privacy on the web, secure communications, and encryption. Each session of the class will have a mix of theory & practical skills—you will learn how to identify and assess digital threats to your privacy and also how to take steps to minimize your risks online.

Is this class for me? I’m not a geek…

This class assumes no specialized computer knowledge and assumes no background in digital security or computer science. It is intended for people who are computer-savvy, but who are not experts.