DCG 201 Online Meet Up — May 2021 — Virtual Light

DCG 201
9 min readMay 18, 2021


Date: May 21st, Friday

Time: 5:30 PM EST — ???


Meet-Up: https://www.meetup.com/DEFCON201/events/277539462/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/219521683035008/

Write.As [TOR]: http://writeas7pm7rcdqg.onion/defcon201/dcg-201-online-meet-up-may-2021-virtual-light

Hackaday: TBA


Welcome to the May 2021 DCG 201 Meet Up!

Since March of last year, the entire world had to become familiar with being more involved in the virtual world than it normally has. Zoom Meet Ups, Twitch LIVE Streams, Fortnite Concerts and the revival of the classic Virtual Reality headset. Now cheaper and more advance than ever, this has opened up pathways to a real life versions of The Lawnmower Man and The Matrix except somehow more weird, boring and horrifying because…you know, it’s this timeline.

Join us for a special entirely Virtual Reality online meet up broadcasted out of the DCG 201 LIVE Streams where we look at VR’s past mistakes, security, privacy, development and how it can be used for both good and evil.

Also: Virtual reality hang out party with music DJ’ed by a digital furry. Because Internet.

We are also excited because in addition to this online meet up, all of our LIVE Stream shows for May will be entirely themed around VR! We also have some exciting DCG 201 announcements to share about our future 2021 plans so get excite!

All activities, chats, talks, workshops and DCG 201 insanity will be broadcasted online via our LIVE STREAMS per the new normal!

Live Streams:

Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/defcon201live

dLive: https://dlive.tv/defcon201

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/defcon201

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/defcon201/

PeerTube: https://diode.zone/accounts/dc201/video-channels


If you like to do a talk at our meet ups our collaborate with our staff and members in a project partnership shoot us a email at:



5:30pm — 5:55pm
PRE SHOW :: Beyond the Looking Glass (1993)
5:55pm — 6:00pm
DEFCON 201 Announcements
6:00pm — 7:00pm
XRSI: The Reality Of Securing Virtual Worlds — Kavya Pearlman
7:00pm — 7:30pm
LÖVR: What’s happening in the world of one Open Source VR Library — Andi McClure
7:30pm — 8:00pm
Alloverse: Free & Open Source Virtual Reality — Nevyn Bengtsson
8:00pm — 8:20pm
Spot the Surveillance: A VR Experience for Keeping an Eye on Big Brother — EFF
8:20pm — 9:00pm
Surfing The 90’s Virtual Reality Internet With VRML — Sidepocket
9:00pm — ???
Virtual Reality Concert by DJ Vulp + Nowhere DCG 201 Virtual Reality Hacker Hangout

DCG 201 Virtual Reality Hacker Hangout — Everyone
Virtual Reality Concert by DJ Vulp — Everyone
Folding@Home VS Coronavirus (Team: 241960) — GI Jack, Everyone


PRE SHOW :: Beyond the Looking Glass (1993)

:..>Our PRE-SHOW will air a blast from the past documentary that is a great time capsule on what VR technology was like in the early 1990’s and what their hopes were for the future of the technology. Featuring professional dreadlock weirdo Jaron Lanier who was recently a Keynote Speaker at the HOPE 2020 Online Virtual Conference.

:..>Bio: Jaron Lanier is an American computer philosophy writer, computer scientist, visual artist, and composer of classical music. Considered a founding father of the field of virtual reality, he left Atari in 1985 to co-found VPL Research, Inc., the first company to sell VR goggles and gloves. In the late 1990s, Jaron worked on applications for Internet2, and in the 2000s, he was a visiting scholar at Silicon Graphics and various universities. In 2006 he began to work at Microsoft, and from 2009 has worked at Microsoft Research as an interdisciplinary scientist. His most recent book is Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now.

XRSI: The Reality Of Securing Virtual Worlds

:..>New technologies inevitably bring along new risks. Virtual Reality (VR) is one of those technologies that is slowly creeping into our daily digital lives, however, not much attention has been paid to the risks it brings along. As the industry looks towards mass adoption of Virtual Reality with an expected $40 billion market size and over 200 million active users by the year 2020, these new cyber attacks have already begun making headlines. Kavya Pearlman, founder of XR Safety Initiative is busy building processes, standards and finding novel cyberattacks to stay ahead of the bad guys that are coming for this rising new domain of Virtual Reality.

:..>Bio: Well known as the “Cyber Guardian”, founder & CEO of the XR Safety Initiative (XRSI), Kavya Pearlman is an award-winning cybersecurity professional with a deep interest in immersive and emerging technologies. She recently launched a novel XRSI Privacy & Safety Framework for the XR and Spatial Computing domain. Kavya is constantly exploring new technologies to solve cybersecurity challenges. She has been named one of the Top Cybersecurity influencers for three consecutive years, 2018–2019–2020 by IFSEC Global. Kavya has previously advised Facebook on third party security risks during the 2016 US presidential elections and worked as the head of security for the oldest virtual world, “Second Life” by Linden Lab. Kavya is the co-host of the immersive podcast “Singularity Watch” and one of the Top 50 speakers in the cybersecurity industry. Kavya has founded The CyberXR Coalition that now focuses on diversity and inclusion and the cross section of Cybersecurity and XR, helped launch a trustworthy XR news platform, ReadyHackerOne and establish a Medical XR Advisory Council.

LÖVR: What’s happening in the world of one Open Source VR Library

:..>LÖVR is a cross-platform, open-source VR engine created by Bjorn Swenson, an alternative to Unreal or Unity that lets you create a VR game or app in just a few lines of Lua. We’ll have Andi McClure by to talk about VR development in general, give a demo of LÖVR, and show off her LÖVR-based commercial game “SKATEGIRL DESTROYS THE UNIVERSE”.

:.>Bio: Andi McClure has been since 2008 making free video games, or at least, things that start arguments about whether they are video games. Her work experiments with glitch aesthetics, psychadelic visuals and the intersection of games and art software. She also one time made a programming language as a joke. See links to her work at https://runhello.com

Alloverse: Free & Open Source Virtual Reality

:..>Continuing from the LÖVR talk, we will air a video presentation by Nevyn Bengtsson showing off his project Alloverse, a LÖVR-based metaverse. Come watch if you’re curious about LÖVR or just want to see one nonstandard approach to VR dev.

:..>Bio: Nevyn Bengtsson has been fascinated by the frontiers of HCI since he was a teenager. He was absolutely entranced by Jeff Han’s multi-touch experiments at the start of the millennium, and jumped on the iOS bandwagon early to explore the new medium. He built Spotify’s iOS app for a few years, then built the UX platform Lookback. Alloverse is his latest project, combining all of his passions: HCI, UX, VR and game engine programming.

Spot the Surveillance: A VR Experience for Keeping an Eye on Big Brother

:..>Spot the Surveillance is an open-source educational Virtual Reality (VR) tool to helppeople recognize and understand the types of surveillance technology that policedeploy in their communities. The user is placed into a 360-degree street scene in San Francisco, where a policeencounter is frozen in time. The user looks around for surveillance equipment, such asa body-worn camera or automated license plate readers. As each device is located, theuser is informed on how the technology is used via text and narration. The experience is intended to expose users to street-level surveillance, and to sparkquestions around the types of surveillance from law enforcement they might notice in their communities. This talk will be how it was built and what is the future of this edu-virtual tech.

:..>Bio: Rory is a Grassroots Advocacy Organizer primarily working on the Electronic Frontier Alliance. They are also a doctoral student of psychology at the City University of New York Graduate Center studying activist pedagogy. Before coming to the EFF they were active in several New York City groups including the Cypurr Collective, a member of the EFA engaging in community education on matters of cybersecurity. A long time advocate for open education and open science, they want to break down any barriers folks face to free expression, creativity, or knowledge.

Artemis Schatzkin is a front-end web developer who has worked on many of EFF’s websites, such as Who Has Your Face?, Cover Your Tracks, this very site you’re on, and many more. She also developed EFF’s virtual reality site, Spot the Surveillance.

She has a parallel life as a visual artist.

Surfing The 90’s Virtual Reality Internet With VRML

:..>After digging up the corpse of the last cursed online protocol, our DCG 201 Co-Founder has once again used his digital archeology skills to unearth another piece of virtual technology that the internet has forgotten about. VRML (Virtual Reality Modeling Language) is an ISO standard file format for representing 3-dimensional (3D) interactive vector graphics, designed particularly with the World Wide Web in mind. Coined by Dave Raggett for the First World Wide Web Conference, it is a text file format where vertices and edges for a 3D polygon can be specified along with the surface color, UV-mapped textures, shininess, transparency, ect. We will go over the language, try to create a .wrl WORLD from scratch and trace its lineage to a shocking conclusion!

:..>Bio: A Co-Founder of DEFCON 201, an open group for hacker workshop projects in North East New Jersey, Sidepocket is constantly wanting to help people to get better at whatever they want to do and learn. He also has a history with NYC 2600, Radio Statler at Hackers on Planet Earth, Phone Losers of America, Museum of Urban Reclaim Spaces and The Yes Men. Find out more about DEFCON 201 at: http://www.defcon201.org


DCG 201 Virtual Reality Hacker Hangout

:..>Come meet us in the Virtual World of NOWHERE, a new social and events platform that revolutionizes online gathering by offering face-to-face interaction in beautifully designed three-dimensional spaces! Hang out, talk on your mic, turn on video to show off your hacker shit and watch the LIVE Stream through the virtual world followed by an after party featuring amazing music! (SEE BELOW)


:..>What You’ll Need: The best experience is by using any browser based on Blink Engine, ideally the default Google Chrome or Chromium browser. Please have it only only one tab and also disable any security Add-Ons and mods for said tab to avoid lag and interuptions.

Virtual Reality Concert by DJ Vulp

:..>Starting at 9:00 PM EST we will be having an awesome DJ set by a virtual DJ while we party the night away and talk about 1337 haxxs! This will both be on our LIVE Streams as well as in our NOWHERE virtual world!

:..>Bio: DJ Vulp has been mixing tracks together since 2016 and has always stuck with it as a side job through college and a continued hobby for fun today. Come dance while he brings you good vibes.

Folding@Home VS Coronavirus

:..>Folding@home (FAH or F@h) is a distributed computing project for simulating protein dynamics, including the process of protein folding and the movements of proteins implicated in a variety of diseases. Currently F@h is simulating the dynamics of COVID-19 proteins to hunt for new therapeutic opportunities. We want to contribute and you can help! Join the DEFCON 201 Folding@Home Team: 241960

:..>What You’ll Need: Download and run Folding@home for Windows/Mac/Linux/FreeBSD, ideally on your highest performance system with a GPU and join our F@h Team 241960: https://foldingathome.org/start-folding/




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