Organizing a GPG key signing party in London
Julian H. Stacey
jhs at berklix.com
Wed Feb 19 00:05:37 CET 2014
Bernard Tyers - ei8fdb wrote:
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> Hello Ludovic!
> I=92d like to go along and take part.
> One thing: what kind of person are you expecting to attend? I would like =
> to suggest you open it to journalists, human rights defenders, activist =
> I was at the Fosdem KSP and eventhough I enjoyed it (can you actually =
> =93enjoy=94 a key signing party?) I observed some ways in which it might =
> have been improved, particularly for first time party-goers.
> I had intended on writing this up as some feedback for the great Fosdem =
> people in case they were interested, but you=92ve prompted me to do it =
> NB: This feedback makes the following assumptions:
> 1. People who *are not* advanced/expert GPG are encouraged to attend.
> 2. A similar key signing protocol to the modified Zimmerman-Sassaman is =
> 1. Explain whats needed *before* you attend the key signing party.
> Steps of:
> a. Submit your keys before date X. Give clear steps on how to submit the =
> b. Inform the user when the list of participants will be released. =
> Explain the list of participants needs to be downloaded.
> c. Please, please, please outline the steps the user needs to take to =
> verify the participant lists keysum *on the website not* in the list of =
> (I spoke with a lot of party goers at Fosdem who were unaware of the =
> steps=85which were in the list of keys. But if you didn=92t know you had =
> to download the list, and didn=92t have access to a printer=85.)
> 2. Explain the overall process involved *once you are at* the key =
> signing party.
> Again, at Fosdem this seemed to be handled eventually by word of mouth =
> and general =93whipping=94 people into order. Some people were unsure of =
> the process.
> 3. Explain what is needed *after* the party finishes.
> This was handled well at the Fosdem party.
> A few other things I made a note of were:
> - If possible try and had tables provided for the people taking part so =
> they can put their documentation/equipment down while they are checking =
> keys etc.=20
> - Have some people helping out when people don=92t know what=92s =
> - Think about capping the maximum amount of people able to attend, or =
> think about having two sessions.
> I thought it interesting even those who looked like =93seasoned=94 key =
> signing party goers needed to stop and think about what they should do =
> in certain circumstances.
> Only because of the kindness of one party goer I managed to get as far =
> as I did.=20
> While the Fosdem party webpage technically had 99% of the information =
> needed, it was not very user-friendly, particularly to a non-seasoned =
> KSP person. I really hope they can redesign it to be easier to read.
> If you need some help, please let me know as I=92d happily help out.
> All the best,
> On 12 Feb 2014, at 11:40, Ludovic Hirlimann <ludovic at mozilla.com> wrote:
> > Hi,
> > I'm organizing a pgp key signing party in London on March the 25th at
> > 6:30 PM BST in the mozilla space of the mozilla office in London.
> > I've been trying to reach out to Londoners and Uk users of pgp using
> > twitter ( https://twitter.com/lhirlimann/status/432867811002564608 ),
> > I've tried to contact the Linux Users group, but din't get much out of
> > it. So I'm going to try to get some atention here.
> > The space is limited in the london office so you'll need to register
> > using event brite at
> > =
> > .
> > Ludo
I suggest Ludovic Hirlimann <ludovic at mozilla.com> should search
London BSD Group
& contact eg
Julian Stacey, BSD Unix Linux C Sys Eng Consultant, Munich http://berklix.com
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