The Art of Secret Messages

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The Art of Secret Messages

Friday, 22 February, 2019 - 13:00 to 15:00
Chrystal MacMillan Building, Meeting room 2 Central Area

If you are booking this event through the University Booking System, you will require a University EASE account to book. If the event is available to an external audience, you can email creative.learning@ed.ac.uk with the event details, and request to be booked onto the event.

This event is available to: University Alumni, University Staff, University Students.

Secret messages have existed for centuries.

From the use of invisible inks and messages hidden in plain sight to the use of military grade encryption, people have always wanted to hide their secrets. In this special Festival of Creative Learning workshop we will look at exactly how we can do that, with one essential twist: There will be no computers.

So bring your pens and papers, your folding fans and your lemons as we delve into the art of sending and receiving secret messages.

Techniques will include:

  • Victorian Fan Language or Fanology
  • The knocking codes of Prisoners of War
  • What was for 300 years, "The Unbreakable Cipher"

And to finish you will get to work as a team to design your own secure message system. 

This session is exclusively for the Festival of Creative Learning, presented by Senior Information Security Consultant, David Creighton-Offord.

This event may be photographed and/or recorded for promotional or recruitment materials for the University and University approved third parties. For further information please contact the organiser.

This event is organised and supported by Information Services Group.

There are 3 places available