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A month building the movement back east

I spent most of April on the road, speaking in nearly a dozen cities alongside local organizers to bring together supporters of police accountability, civil rights, and surveillance-restricting reforms.

While the stories were too-many-to-count, a few highlights included:

  • Speaking at the U.S. Air Force Academy for an annual cybersecurity conference at the invitation and expense of the Department of Defense, where I had a chance to remind around 75 cadets, faculty, active duty military intelligence personnel, and intelligence contractors that they work for We the People of the United States—not any particular service branch, nor any federal Department, nor even the Commander-in-Chief—and what that means in terms of their ethical duties to refuse unlawful orders and expose classified secrets revealing operations unconstitutionally targeting Americans.
  • Visiting Brooklyn, where we trained nearly 60 movement activists from all five boroughs of the city on how to use simple-yet-powerful encryption tools to ensure the privacy and security of their communications.
  • Speaking at the University of Pennsylvania, first for an engineering class then after a documentary screening.
  • Facilitating a workshop in Baltimore, where I had a chance to reconnect with my longtime friend and inspiration Ryan Harvey.
  • Passing through Washington, DC for the Color of Surveillance conference and a digital security workshop for activists in the movement for black lives at Georgetown University Law Center.
  • Visiting my hometowns of St. Louis and Chicago for digital security workshops serving around 75 participants in each city, and helping local organizers connect across the movements for digital rights and black lives.
  • After speaking at the Air Force Academy, visiting Denver to speak with a dozen people, including students at Colorado State University who had reached out to me a few weeks before and a retired naval cryptographer in their area who—after meeting the students at our discussion—appeared poised to serve as their mentor.

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