Keysigning Party @ Debconf4 2004

At Debconf4 in Porto Alegre, Brazil there will be an OpenPGP (pgp/gpg) keysigning party.

The party will be on Sunday, May 30th, at 21:00.

What is/Why keysigning?

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.

Please read section One of the GnuPG Keysigning Party HOWTO (note: we are doing the party slightly different, so the other chapters do not 100% apply).

How the Keysigning Will Happen

The Party will be conducted using Len Sassaman's Efficient Group Key Signing Method which is a protocal to do keysignings in a way that is faster than the way many people may be familiar with:

Downloads (Do not exist yet):

Summary: What to bring with you

If you have questions please ask Benjamin Mako Hill <>.

Special thanks goes goes to Peter Palfrader who provided the scripts and text used at Debconf3 and LinuxTag (2003 and 2004) whose reuse made putting together this keysigning easy and possible.

Relevant Information and Sources for More Information

Last modified: Mon, 10 May 2004 18:38:43 -0700
Benjamin Mako Hill <>