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Debconf6 Keysigning Party

Keysigning Party @ Debconf6 2006


As part of the 7th Debian Conference in Oaxtepec, Mexico, there will be an OpenPGP (pgp/gpg) keysigning party (KSP).


Friday, 19th of May, 2006 at 18:00.

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. Keysigning parties serve to extend the web of trust (WoT) to a great degree. Keysigning 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.

Matthew Wilcox maintains the debconf6 keysigning analysis web page. if you click on the key ID you get a report telling you all sorts of cool stuff including the people who are the furthest away from you. Trading sigs with those people helps the MSD the most (I'm nore sure if it helps the WoT the most, but I think so). This paragraph was contributed by Matt Taggart.

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 KSP will be conducted using Len Sassaman's Efficient Group Key Signing Method which is a protocol to do keysignings in a way that is faster than the way many people may be familiar with. Last KSP at Debconf5 was the world biggest ever.


Summary: What to bring with you


If you have questions please ask Anibal Monsalve Salazar during Debconf or send email to

Please see Relevant Information and Sources for More Information.


Special thanks goes to Amaya Rodrigo Sastre who provided the photos of the KSP at Debconf5, Benjamin Mako Hill who provided the scripts and text used at Debconf4, 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.