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Technology education for radical organizers and revolutionary communities.

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  1. How to start catching phishermen before they catch you

    Remember, remember the tech antifa on the fifth of November! Antifa activists defend against the rise or spread of fascism by combating threats to anti-fascist groups, anti-racist organizers, and others for whom fascist groups pose a clear and present danger. The NYC chapter of the Anarcho-Tech Collective provides computer training for activists and advocacy groups, direct assistance with digital components of advocacy efforts, and private audits of an ally’s security posture when requested. At Tech Learning Collective’s Hackers Next Door conference in December and in this blog post, anonymous members from Anarcho-Tech NYC will show you how attackers work and think so you know how to first spot and then stop them in their tracks.
  2. This little-known trick lets you use Signal without giving out your phone number

    The Signal Private Messenger app has become the de-facto standard for end-to-end encrypted messaging. Its battle-tested encryption protocol is licensed for use by the likes of Facebook in WhatsApp, and it has been adopted by the XMPP Standards Foundation for use as the basis of OMEMO Multi-End Message and Object Encryption. In short, Signal is great, except for the fact that you need a phone number to use it. Or do you?

  3. Joining the Electronic Frontier Alliance

    Today, the Tech Learning Collective is happy to announce our intent to join the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s network of community organizations who support digital rights, the Electronic Frontier Alliance (EFA). As radical queers and femmes, we viscerally understand the importance of having access to secure and private communication tools every time we use our computers. That’s why, as a technology school whose mission is to empower marginalized groups by enabling them to access all the digital age has to offer, our security-first approach to education places a premium on security and privacy from day one.

  4. How we approach cybersecurity topics at the Tech Learning Collective

    One thing that makes the Tech Learning Collective different than other technical schools is our explicitly political approach. Our teachers have to be more than just competent technologists, they must also be politically engaged. Similarly, we prioritize enrollment for students who are committed to social justice and have demonstrated that commitment through concrete actions. This makes our classrooms sites of political praxis, sharpening our student’s ability to critically scrutinize the implications of modern technologies and the impact of tech companies from an ethical standpoint. Practically speaking, it also means that we introduce computer security topics far earlier in our programs than most other schools do.