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Who makes Cybersalon?

Eva Pascoe
Co-founder Cyberia, the first global cybercafe chain and EasyNet (ISP), set up Top Shop online.@EvaPascoe 


Niki Gomez
MIT graduate and Head of Strategy & Insights at The Retail Practice. Niki set up London’s Rich Mix cultural centre and India’s first virtual world. @nikigomez


Dr Richard Barbook
Co-founder Hypermedia Research Centre, lecturer at University of Westminster Politics Department, academic and author.@richardbarbrook 



Wessel Van Rensburg
Co-Founder of RAAK social media agency and entrepreneur.@wildebees 


Richard Boase
A freelance writer, PR consultant and a crypto currency enthusiast and Bitcoin advocate.@richardboase 


Lewis Sykes
A musician, interaction designer, digital art, media curator and Director of Cybersonica. Lewis is founder of Cybersalon Manchester.@lewissykes 


Luke Robert Mason
Currently completing his PhD at University of Manchester.@lukerobertmason 



Simon Sarginson
Digital Artist, Creative technologist and Games Developer.@simonsmine 



Stefan Lutschinger
Creative professional, curator, lecturer and novel character @lutschinger 



Benjamin Greenaway
Web and mobile applications developer, consultant technical director and educator.@blgreenaway



Fabian Tompsett
Psychogeographer, Wikimedian and radical gamesmaker.@leutha 



Ilza Black
New Media Art pioneer and phD at Queen Mary University.



Sophia Drakopolou
Senior Lecturer in Media, Culture and Communication at University of Middlesex, Media Dept.@sopdra 



Zane Raudina
Zane is a Latvian audio-visual artist and VJ.@zaneraudina 




Assistant at Arebyte gallery



Karolina Janicka
Creative Writing and Journalism Student at Middlesex University and Community Manager (intern) at Cybersalon



Lidia Kurasinska
Lidia is a freelance investigative journalist based in London. She writes about surveillance, security and counter-terrorism abuses with a particular interest in Central Asia and the Balkans. She worked at the Wikimania 2014 conference.
Lidia graduated from the University of Westminster with a degree in Modern Languages.



  1. Is there a Cybersalon event this evening (25 Aug)?

  2. Hello Erin!
    There won’t be any events until late September, we will announce details closer to the date.
    Cybersalon Team

  3. Hi. I am a long time crypie and have been struggling with how to make encryption more secure. We have wonderful encryption algorithms and key management skeems, but I keep coming back to not enough variables to keep NSA and GCHQ out. The problem, as I see it, it that we only have about 80 variables that we use in encryption; that is not even a half-a-byte.

    Look at what we are using for our ATM cards, just 4 digits; this is insane. We need to add variables to make our PINs more secure. One idea is to add 20 colors to the 10 numbers; that would give someone 200 variables to hack instead of only 10. The user does not have to colorize all four digits or any of them, but the hacker must now process all 200 variables.

    I have an approach that can add 20,000 variables to any encryption algorithm as a “function” call. What are these additional variables? Sound, texture, color, images, graphics (Wing Dings), digital smells, etc. As an example, the encryption algorithms or key management could require the initiation of encryption to have certain colors and the reply to have other, associated colors or sound snippets, etc.

    There has been a huge amount of work on Tor and Bitcoins and OTR, but no one, to my knowledge, has cracked how to add many more variables to make the keys unbreakable, even for NSA, even for parallel, super-computers with multi-processors and unlimited RAM and bandwidth.

    Can someone here point me in the right direction? I do not want to give this technology to any Government; they will only mis-use it. All Governments are primarily about fear, force and control; that is Darkness and I am of the Light (freedom, choice, truth and doing-the-right-thing).

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