[kwlug-disc] Preparing for the Keysigning on 2 December

Bob Jonkman bjonkman at sobac.com
Mon Dec 2 14:45:57 EST 2013

Hi yet again: There are now a goodly number of Formal Keysigning
participants, and I've completed the Fingerprint List we can use for
checking off keys as people read them tonight.

The Fingerprint List and Keysigning Keyring can be found in


(and yes, it now works properly. Sorry for the problems earlier)

You can still join the Formal Keysigning, but please print Fingerprint
Strips of your KeyID and Fingerprint to distribute to everyone, so they
can check your fingerprint as you read it. You can generate a page of
fingerprint strips with 'gpg-key2ps'

I'm looking forward to tonight!

On 13-11-30 09:22 PM, Bob Jonkman wrote:
> Hi again: Just a reminder to send me your public key if you'd like to
> participate in the Formal Keysigning.  Response has not been
> overwhelming; we'll need more than two participants to make this effective!
> Even if you don't want to do the Formal Keysigning, you can still join
> the informal keysigning with people who already know you. Bring
> fingerprint strips if you have them, or make them with 'gpg-key2ps' if
> you don't.
> --Bob.
> On 13-11-24 01:14 PM, Bob Jonkman wrote:
>> Hi Everyone: At the next KWLUG meeting I'm demonstrating how to do
>> e-mail encryption with Thunderbird and Enigmail.  If you've never used
>> e-mail encryption before then bring a laptop, and we'll create keys and
>> learn how to use them. We'll save the lesson with pointy sticks for
>> another day.
>> For those people who already have GnuPG/PGP keys I'm also hosting a
>> Formal Keysigning.  Participants will introduce themselves, read their
>> GnuPG key fingerprint, then anyone else is invited to vouch for that person:
>>  Bob: "I'm Bob Jonkman, and my GnuPG fingerprint is 04F7 742B 8F54 C40A
>> E115 26C2 B912 89B0 D2CC E5EA"
>>  Andrew: "I've known Bob since the early days, and that's really him"
>> This is a great way to expand your Web Of Trust to include people whose
>> keys you might not otherwise sign (because you don't know them very
>> well, or they only have ID issued by an authority you don't like). With
>> all these introductions and vouchings the chance of someone
>> misrepresenting their identity is vanishingly small, so you can trust
>> that the key fingerprint they read is really associated with that person.
>> To make this process go smoothly I'd like to have a printout of all the
>> participants' keyIDs, UIDs, and key fingerprints, which I'll distribute
>> at the keysigning.  That way you can just check off each
>> name/keyID/fingerprint as people read them, and then sign their keys
>> later at your leisure. But to get that printout I'll need the public key
>> of anyone who would like to participate in the keysigning.
>> If you're using Thunderbird and Enigmail then open the Key Management
>> window, right-click on your key and select "Send Public Keys by E-mail",
>> and send it to me ( bjonkman at sobac.com )
>> If you're a command-line weenie then use
>>  gpg --export 0xYOURKEYID > 0xYOURKEYID-public-key-for-YOURNAME.pgp
>> and send that file "0xYOURKEYID-public-key-for-YOURNAME.pgp" to me
>> (substitute your actual keyID and actual name as needed).
>> Of course, I'd prefer signed, encrypted e-mail, but public keys are
>> public (so encryption isn't necessary), and public keys should already
>> be self-signed anyway.
>> Unfortunately, if you're creating your keys for the first time at the
>> meeting you won't be able to send me anything now. You can still
>> participate in the vouching process, and we'll have an _in_formal
>> keysigning after the formal keysigning, where all you need to do is read
>> your fingerprint straight from your computer and those people who
>> already know you can sign your key.
>> I'm still working on the procedures for the formal keysigning; you can
>> see the work in progress (and contribute!) at
>>   http://sobac.com/wiki/index.php/Formal_Keysigning
>> Thanx, and hope to see you next week!
>> --Bob, who is the Keymaster. Who will be the Gatekeeper?
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