VPNs, Piratebox, and TailsOS

**Note: I teach a class MWF from 10:30a to 11:30a; any times outside of that are fine by me.


Given recent political events people are more interested in VPN and safe browsing. In this session I will introduce three tools: The Piratebox, TailsOS, and Virtual Private Networks.  Piratebox, a totally legal, open source project that converts a router into a personal file sharing device that is private, secure, and functions independently of an internet connection. Next I will show participants Tails, a legal linux distribution that prioritizes privacy and which you can install on a flashdrive.* The session will end with a discussion about  VPNs – how they work, what they protect against, and why people might want to use them – and the measure participants want to take to match the level of privacy they desire.
*for participants that bring a flashdrive of at least 6gb, there is potential for them to make a TailsOS drive during this session [note: all contents of the drive will be erased]

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About Noah Wilson

I have been working higher education for 7 years, mostly as a Hall Director. In my current role at SUNY Geneseo I manage a specialty housing area (Writers House) which includes the development of a residential curriculum focused on student interest in writing. I have had the pleasure of teaching First Year Success Seminar courses for first year students but also leadership courses for student leaders on campus. I also am a certified Safe Zone training facilitator, an adviser for a Greek organization, and an adviser for a sexual assault awareness and prevention group on campus. My scholarly interests include, digital rhetoric, identity formation, epistemology, imperialism (specifically its impacts), the epic tradition, and speculative realism (a new favorite) - specific writers of interest include Homer, Dante, William Blake, John Keats, H.P. Lovecraft, Neil Gaiman, Michel Foucault, Julia Kristeva, Mikhail Bakhtin, and Graham Harman. I embrace my curiosity as much as possible and can often be found geeking out about select TV shows, most films, video games (find me on steam), board/card games, running, P90X and other "extreme" workouts, computer coding, and reading (fiction and non-fiction alike).

2 Responses to VPNs, Piratebox, and TailsOS

  1. We’ll make sure to take your teaching schedule into consideration when we put this on the day’s plan.

  2. Profile photo of Jason Luther Jason Luther says:

    I’d love to hear more about VPNs and potential complications both on and off campus. Thanks, Noah!

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