Friendly nerds help secure your digital life Feb. 13, 2020

A FREE Valentines Crypto Bar event

Thursday 13 February 2020, 6.00–8.00pm in your local timezone

Spend Valentine’s Eve with friendly nerds, beer, and pizza. You will learn practical digital privacy techniques. This includes securing your messages, protecting your digital identity, and not being tracked online.

We have an exciting line-up of speakers (soon to be confirmed), then a relaxed hour in which attendees can move between “bars”. At each bar, attendees can get information or advice from friendly nerds on a topic related to keeping their stuff secure and private – VPNs, strong passwords and password managers, the Tor browser, encrypted messaging (Signal/Wire), or online tracking and social media privacy.


Sarah Ashton - Psychology of dating and digital engagement
Lucie Krahulcova - Dating safely online
Michelle Gallagher - Abusive relationships
Amy Gray - Feminist aspects of online relationshipping

Dr Sarah Ashton (@shipspsychology)

Dr Sarah Ashton is a registered psychologist, Research Associate at Monash University, the Coordinator for the Victorian Sexual and Mental Health Network and the Director and Founder of Sexual Health and Intimacy Psychological Services (SHIPS). Sarah's PhD research explored young women's experience of pornography, which she published in esteemed journals has presented at Australian and international conferences. She regularly writes articles for The Conversation and RED magazine and has been a guest speaker on Joy FM.

Sarah sees reducing shame and stigma around sexuality as her personal and professional purpose. Building on 10 years experience treating a range of sexual issues, Sarah has founded SHIPS, a progressive, inclusive psychology practice. SHIPS is LGBTIQ+ and disability inclusive and provides treatment and workshops for folks with diverse relationship structures (such as polyamory and non-monogamy) and sexual practices (such as kink).

Lucie Krahulcova (@nomadiclucie)

Lucie is a Policy Analyst and professional activist for digital rights organization Access Now. She's currently based in Melbourne from where she supports the Asia Pacific team as well as working on national legislation -- trying to fix Australia's broken relationship with encryption, surveillance and online privacy generally. Prior to her current role she spent four years working for Access Now in Brussels in an effort to get EU rules that protect the rights of users at risk. She's a current contributing member of the World Economic Forum's Global Council on Consumption and a volunteer digital security trainer.

Michelle Gallagher (@StartupShelley)

Michelle Gallaher is a Melbourne-based award-winning entrepreneur, speaker and advocate for the Australian health technology sector and for women in science, technology, engineering maths and medicine (STEMM).

As CEO of Opyl Ltd (ASX:OPL) a company working at the intersection of social media, clinical trials, health data and artificial intelligence, Michelle is a sought-after mentor, collaborator, media commentator and influencer particularly on the pace of advancement of emerging digital health technologies, the role of AI in health the value of social media platforms and the pivotal role of women in STEMM industries.

Michelle was inducted into the Victorian Honour Roll for Women in 2018 in recognition of her leadership in the Victorian technology sector. She was the Victorian Telstra Business Woman of the Year and Victorian Entrepreneur of the Year in 2017. Michelle was also named as a finalist in the Australian Small Business Awards Entrepreneur of the Year 2018 and the The Social Science (her first startup) was the winner of a Westpac 200 Business of Tomorrow award in June 2018. Michelle is a Fellow of the Australian Institute for Management and a Graduate of the Institute for Company Directors.

Renowned for loving a microphone and a soapbox, Michelle is an accomplished speaker, (TedX 2014) MC and media commentator, a master networker and mother of two remarkable teenagers. She does not like cricket. Never has.

Amy Gray (@AmyGray)

Amy Gray is a writer and activist. Her work focuses on feminism and digital rights. She has been published in the Age, Sydney Morning Herald, Guardian, SBS and ABC among others. She was a founding member of Digital Rights Watch and continues to pursue activism in conjunction with local orgs and other groups like CIVICUS.


Dr. Fiona Tweedie (@FCTweedie)

Fiona Tweedie has been working to educate Australians about online privacy sine joining the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner as a policy advisor in 2010. She believes that, if data is the new oil, it's essential that we retain control of ours. When not clearing cookies and blocking trackers, Fiona enjoys knitting and playing with her cats, although not at the same time.

Dr. Nicky Ringland (@nickyringland)

Dr. Nicky Ringland completed her PhD in Natural Language Processing at the University of Sydney, where she currently works, as well as being a co-founder of Grok Learning, a startup with a mission to teach students to solve problems with code, and the Girls' Programming Network, an Australia-wide movement teaching thousands of girls to code. Named one of Australia's “Superstars of STEM” and 2018 AFR 100 Women of Influence, Nicky is passionate about teaching the next generation the skills they need to become the creators of tomorrow.


Brandon Bakker

Dr Amelia Radke

Dr Amelia Radke is a cultural anthropologist and ethnographer whose research lies at the juncture of science and technology studies, anthropology, and socio-legal studies. Amelia joined the University of Queensland (UQ) Centre for Policy Futures in 2019 as part of the CSIRO-UQ Alliance to investigate the intersection of human rights and innovative technologies in healthcare services and the criminal justice system. She is a member of the UQ Indigenous People and the Law Research Cluster and is the early career researcher representative for the Law, Ethnography and Society Collaborative Research Network, which is part of the American Law and Society Association. In addition to her research in academia, she was also the chief investigator for a community-based criminal law initiative called ‘Transport2Court’ with Bryony Walters and the Queensland Council of Social Services.

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Level 23, 303 Collins St, Melbourne
Level 19, 127 Creek St, Brisbane
Level 10, 50 Carrington St, Sydney

Feb. 13, 2020
Begin: 18:00
Admission: 00:00
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