Web Exploits/CDA Section 230 and Free Speech

We are continuing to be virtual this month on Google Hangouts Meet. If you're new to this platform: https://support.google.com/a/users/answer/9303069

The Hangouts Meet link https://meet.google.com/myv-zoid-tgh

Please be patient, as Lan may have to approve each connection. Please turn on video during introductions. Mute unless you're speaking.

This month's topic is informal.

A brief survey of web exploits By Jackie B.

Jackie will cover a few basic exploits using PortSwigger Academy for labs.

Why saving Section 230 is crucial to protecting free speech online

By Jess Bermudes

In recent years, people from all areas of the political sphere have sought to curb the protections provided to online platform operators by Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act, including most recently a congressional bill that would have hampered end-to-end encryption and an executive order by President Trump to investigate and draft legislation to repeal the act itself. This is a mistake that will severely inhibit free speech online. We'll talk about the history of legislation in this area, common misconceptions about these Internet laws and what we can do to protect a free and open Internet.

Agenda:

6:45 - Introductions, chat

7:05 - Announcements.

7:15 - Talk starts

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A pragmatic approach to bash scripting

We are going virtual this month on Google Hangouts Meet. We'll see how things go with this format. If you're new to this platform: https://support.google.com/a/users/answer/9303069

Please be patient, as Lan will have to approve each connection. Please turn on video during introductions. Mute unless you're speaking.

This month's topic is informal.

Lan Dang will do a brief intro to shells and shell scripting before going through both easy and advanced uses of bash constructs to get work done. If you don't know anything, this will help you get started. If you know a little shell scripting, you might pick up some advanced techniques. This is also a good opportunity to ask questions. Lan spends most of her time on the Linux command line using advanced features of bash, awk, and sed.

Agenda:

6:45 - Introductions, chat

7:05 - Announcements, discussion about future LUG meetings.

7:15 - Talk starts

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Postprocessing videos for SCALE

We are going virtual this month on Google Hangouts Meet. We'll see how things go with this format. If you're new to this platform: https://support.google.com/a/users/answer/9303069

Please be patient, as Lan will have to approve each connection. Please turn on video during introductions. Mute unless you're speaking.

This month's topic is informal.

Many SGVLUG members volunteer with the A/V team at the Southern California Linux Expo. Part of what we do is enable video streaming of most of the talks on YouTube. After the conference, we try to edit the daylong streams into individual videos per talk. https://www.youtube.com/user/socallinuxexpo

Vincent Wong will go over his scale-av-cutter software, which was developed this year to support this post-processing. Depending on which A/V team members are available, we may talk more about the rest of the process.

Agenda:

6:30 - Introductions, chat

7:15 - Announcements, discussion about future LUG meetings.

7:30 - Talk starts

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General meeting

We will have our usual meeting. It will be at IHOP in Pasadena. Topic: a discussion of the LUG, thoughts on the future of LUG, and social time.

Covid-19: We thought about it, and the current (March 10) CDC recommendations are to not cancel events unless there is community transmission in your area. Pasadena, at this time (March 10), has one "case under investigation", which is not "community transmission".

Still, please remember: - Do NOT come if you or someone you know is vulnerable to the disease

  • Do NOT come if you or someone you know is sick, or showing flu-like symptoms

  • Wash your hands regularly

  • Feel FREE to skip this LUG should you choose

  • Watch for other announcements, the situation might change

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SCALE 18x

Join us at the SCALE! SCALE is the largest community run open source tech / FOSS / pro-EFF conference and expo in North America. It is family-friendly and caters to a diverse audience of IT professionals, hobbyists, educators and students. https://www.socallinuxexpo.org/scale/18x/

You can use promo code SGVLG to get 50% off the registration cost of the full conference pass.

You can generally get in for free if you volunteer with SCALE. See their website. Many of the SGVTech folks help out with the SCALE A/V team. If you're interested, please visit their website http://socallinuxexpo.github.io/scale-av-web/

We will have a community booth at SCALE for SGVTech, so please leave a comment if you are interested in helping to man the booth (Friday afternoon through Sunday afternoon) and represent SGVTech or any of its subgroups.

Also comment if your talk got accepted at SCALE :)

This year there will be a ton of presentations and workshops on topics like Container and Virtualization, Observability, Embedded, Kubeflow, Open Government, PostgreSQL, DevOps, LibreGraphics, MySQL, openSuse, Security, Cloud, Mentoring, Developer, Open Data, Open Source in Enterprise, SysAdmin, HAM Radio. There is a co-located Ubucon, Open Embedded Summit, DevOpsDay, OpenSUSE Summit

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Protected Python: It's time we had "the talk" about security

There won't be any food at the venue aside from some cookies in honor of Valentine's Day. Eat beforehand or bring your own dinner/beverage.

This month, James Mertz is giving a sneak preview of a talk he will be giving at an upcoming conference. Come prepared to give feedback.

TOPIC

Today, developers and users of Python are being attacked on a daily basis, most of the time, without their knowledge. We need to be more aware of these attacks and weaknesses to make more educated design decisions for our Python code.

In this talk we’ll go over some of the major vulnerabilities we face when it comes to developing Python application and cybersecurity principles. We’ll also cover different ways to protect yourself from these attacks.

BIO

James grew up staring at the stars with awe wondering what opportunities await to be discovered. Now he works at his dream job for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory helping to further our understanding of the cosmos. When he isn’t working (aka building robots), James can be found studying for his second master’s in Cyber Security, writing articles for RealPython.com, or teaching Intro to Python at the local community college in Pasadena. He is frequently seen at Disneyland, the beach, and the dog park alongside his wife of 10 years, 2 kids, and trusty dog SamWise.

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