[TriLUG-announce] TriLUG August 9 meeting - Triple Play: CACert + GPG + Freenode

Jeremy Davis jeremydavis at jeremydavis.biz
Wed Jul 18 21:56:17 EDT 2012

August 9 meeting - CACert + GPG + Freenode

Mon, 2012-07-02 11:35

Topic: Triple Play: CACert + GPG + Freenode
Presenters: Jeffrey Frederick on CAcert + Jack Hill on GPG + Evan
Daniel on Freenode
When: Thursday, August 9, 7pm
Where: Red Hat HQ, NCSU Centennial Campus, 1801 Varsity Dr, Raleigh, NC

This TriLUG meeting is a "Triple Play", with three related topics
presented together.

Jeffrey Frederick will present CAcert
Jack Hill will present GPG
Evan Daniel will present Freenet

The first topic is an introduction to CAcert.org (www.cacert.org).
CAcert is a community driven certificate authority (CA) that issues
digital certificates to members free of charge. CAcert uses the Web of
Trust (WoT) model to validate identities to provide more functionality
to members. This presentation will introduce CAcert, it's mission, and
it's services.

Freenet (freenetproject.org) is a distributed peer-to-peer data
storage network. It enables users to store and retrieve documents, and
provides strong anonymity and censorship resistance. Applications
exist to use the network for file sharing, publishing and viewing web
pages, social networking, and mail. The talk will cover the philosophy
behind Freenet; an overview of data storage, routing, and
cryptography; a programmer's perspective on using the network; and
installation and setup of the software.

An introduction to openPGP (rfc 4880) formatted keys and messages.
After the talk, the audience should have the necessary understanding
to participate in the global web of trust. To this end we will cover
how to manipulate keys using the GnuPG command line interface, how to
interpret portions of the web of trust to make real world decisions,
and an overview of what to expect in a keysigning. I will also give
motivating examples of why participating in the global web of trust is
useful: authenticating email, and
distributing software free from tampering.

Jack Hill is UNC-CH student and web developer with interests in
scientific and educational software and functional programming.

Sponsor: none


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