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Let's Encrypt! How the ACME protocol works and provides free HTTPS to the world
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Our speaker this month is Daniel Roesler. Daniel is the maintainer of acme-tiny, a widely used ACME certificate issuance library, and gethttpsforfree.com, a zero-knowledge website that allows webmasters manually obtain free TLS certificates without having to install any programs on their servers. He also maintains other open source privacy and cryptography related projects, volunteers for the League of Women Voters, and is the founder and CTO of UtilityAPI, a clean energy software company.
As of April 2022, the nonprofit Certificate Authority "Let's Encrypt" issues TLS certificates for 280 million websites (2-3 million certs per day, ~25% of all websites).
All for free. As a non-profit.
How did they pull this off? What has the impact been? How does this even work? In this presentation, you will learn about the impact of the mass adoption of encrypting websites and how the ACME protocol works for issuing free certificates.
HOW TO ATTEND:
Capital Factory is located at 701 Brazos Street, on the 1st floor of the Omni Hotel. We are in the Devvie meeting room. To locate Devvie, locate Capital Factory's main event room off the Omni lobby, Voltron, Suite 150. Once inside, there should be someone at the desk to direct you to our meetup, but, if no one is there, proceed to the left past the kitchen and down the hallway, Devvie is right around the corner. You may also message us on this event or message us at @EFFaustin on Twitter if you are having trouble finding us.
Talk will be livestreamed at https://www.youtube.com/user/austintechlive and will later be archived at https://www.youtube.com/user/effaustin. Questions for the speaker from virtual attendees may be submitted via the livestream chat or our twitter account, @EFFaustin.
Parking for the Omni Garage can be validated at the Capital Factory front desk inside room Voltron, Suite 150, reducing the cost from $18 to $7. Attendees must park after 5pm and leave before 10pm to receive the discount, otherwise they will be charged full price, which is $3 for every 20 minutes. Affordable street park is also available nearby. Details: https://capitalfactory.com/parking/
Join us for the discussion from 7:00PM-9:00PM, followed by drinks and camaraderie from 9:00PM-10:00PM in the Omni Hotel lobby.
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