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CryptoParty

Saturday, September 29th, 2012

This sounds familiar:

What is CryptoParty? Interested parties with computers, devices, and the desire to learn to use the most basic crypto programs and the fundamental concepts of their operation! CryptoParties are free to attend, public, and are commercially non-aligned.

I don’t have time these days to set something like this up for Rochester, but if someone does end up doing so, please ping me.

Rochester OpenPGP Users Mailing List

Monday, April 20th, 2009

The keysigning party on Saturday went well.  We decided to create a mailing list to keep in touch and discuss ways to promote PGP use locally.  From the list’s description:

This group is for PGP/GnuPG users in Rochester, NY to:

1) Discuss ways of promoting the use of OpenPGP encryption
2) Arrange keysignings in order to expand the local web of trust
3) Get help with using PGP, GnuPG, and related programs

If you’re interested in joining, you can do so here.

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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