Meetup: Cybersecurity for ‘real people’

Portrait of Home Secretary Amber Rudd with the words, Cybersecurity for 'real people'

Our next meetup, Cybersecurity for ‘real people’, will be happening from 6.30pm on Monday 25 September at Birmingham Open Media (BOM).

RSVP today

If you haven’t signed up already, you can do so via the ORG Birmingham Meetup page.

Real people need real security online

The purpose of his workshop is to offer practical cybersecurity advice that ‘real people’, not just digital geeks, can understand and apply in their daily lives.

The workshop has been organised in response to recent comments made by the Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, who justified putting pressure on WhatsApp to weaken their security standards by saying: “real people often prefer ease of use and a multitude of features to perfect, unbreakable security“.

By running the workshop, we aim to show ‘real people’ that they don’t have to trade their online security and safety for usability and features. We also hope our session makes the Home Secretary and other politicians realise that people do care about security and encourage them to re-think their dangerous plans to force internet companies such as WhatsApp to deliberately weaken the security of their products.

An inclusive approach

The session will examine the very real threats ‘real people’ face to their security and privacy online and, most importantly, the practical steps people can take to protect themselves and their friends and family. We want the workshop to be as inclusive as possible and will be addressing the additional threats women, BME and LGBTQ people and other groups face when going online.

Want to get involved?

Here at ORG Birmingham we’re always keen to encourage supporters to get involved in suggesting ideas and helping to run meetups.

Digital rights belong to everyone’s rights and we are especially keen to ensure our organisers and facilitators reflect this.

Please get in touch with us via our Meetup page, Twitter or by emailing if you’re interested in getting involved, either now or in future.


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Featured image

Photo:Official portrait of Amber Rudd” by UK Parliament is licensed under CC BY 3.0 (image modified, just a tad).

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