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PGP/GnuPG Keysigning Party IX

Date and Time

Wednesday, September 17, 2008 from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Location

MIT Building E-51, Room 376

Presenters

V. Alex Brennen , Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - codepoet dublin ie

Summary

A talk about PGP and GnuPG, followed by a keysigning party

Abstract

A key signing party is a get-together of people who use the PGP encryption system with the purpose of allowing those people to sign each others keys. Key signing parties serve to extend the web of trust to a great degree. Key signing parties also serve as great opportunities to discuss the political and social issues surrounding strong cryptography, individual liberties, individual sovereignty, and even implementing encryption technologies or perhaps future work on free encryption software. The purpose of the meeting is to authenticate each other, i.e. verify everybody's key ids and key fingerprints. Participants sign each others' keys offline.

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