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PGP Keysigning Party at BarCampRochester4

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

I’m organizing a PGP keysigning party at this year’s BarCamp Rochester.  For those of you who are unfamiliar with PGP, it’s a system for sending encrypted messages.  More information can be found in this guide.  The purpose of a keysigning party is to integrate yourself into and expand PGP’s web of trust, which prevents participants from being tricked into addressing their messages to a clever eavesdropper rather than to their indended recipient.

BarCamp will take place on April 18th, on the third floor of the GCCIS building (#70) on RIT campus.  The keysigning party will happen at 2:00 PM.  If you’re interested in attending, you’ll need to do a little bit of preparation:

Before the Party

  1. Send me an email to let me know you’ll be there.  This isn’t absolutely necessary, but I’d like to get a rough estimate of how big the party will be.  You’re also encouraged (though not strictly required) to sign up for BarCamp and give some kind of presentation.
  2. If you don’t have one already, create a PGP keypair.
  3. Print out slips of paper with your key’s fingerprint, along with your name and the email address associated with the key.  You should be able to fit several of these onto a single sheet of paper (18 if you lay them out like so).  As of this writing I don’t know what the turnout will be like, but I’m guessing one sheet will be enough.
  4. Bring a pen and the slips of paper with you to the party.  Also bring identification, preferably two forms, at least one of which is a photo ID and one of which is government-issued.  Driver’s license, passport, etc.  Don’t bring a computer (or if you do, leave it powered off), you won’t need it.

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