Key signing party details

Jordan Montgomery stash.montgomery at
Thu Oct 4 16:12:29 BST 2007

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Eric Lake wrote:
> This Saturday from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at East Side Technical School in
> Lexington. We will be doing pizza and sodas so bring a little $$$ to
> chip in.
> 2208 Liberty Rd Lexington, KY 40509
> On 10/4/07, Kevin Buley <kevin at> wrote:
>> When/Where?
>> Steven Walter wrote:
>>> Hope everybody can make it to the key signing party!
>>> Since probably most of us have never been to one before, I wanted to go
>>> over what to expect, how to prepare, what to bring, etc.  The most
>>> important thing to bring is yourself, even if you can't bring a
>>> computer.  In fact, bringing a computer is almost counter-productive.
>>> To prepare, generate a GPG key for yourself.  If you have access to a
>>> linux box, this is essentially a matter of "gpg --gen-key".  Once you
>>> have your key, you will want to write down on a piece of paper the "Key
>>> ID" and the "Key Fingerprint."  The fingerprint looks like the long
>>> series of hex digits in my signature.  You should ideally also bring a
>>> photo ID.
>>> At the party, you'll recieve a paper table.  At the top, you'll write
>>> your key ID and your key fingerprint.  While eating your pizza and
>>> socializing, you'll go around and add other people's names, key ids, and
>>> fingerprints to your table.  You should check their ID, too.  Don't
>>> write down their info unless you are sure you of their identity (that
>>> is, after all, the whole point of the exercise).
>>> At some point during the night, there will be some talks given about the
>>> basics of public key cryptography (how it works and what it is good
>>> for), as well as practical tips on using crypto.  If you get stuck and
>>> can't get a key generated before the party, this part should give you
>>> enough info to be able to generate your own key.
>>> Note!  You should not at any time during the party use someone's else's
>>> computer.  And you probably shouldn't let anyone use your computer,
>>> either.  If we all trusted each other, we wouldn't need cryptography :)
>>> Wait to do the actual signing after the event.
>>> Here's a few links of suggested reading:
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Sorry I won't be able to attend. I'll try to get everyone's info later
~Jordan "The Stash" Montgomery
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