[pgcon-announce] PGcon key signing invitation
Greg Sabino Mullane
greg at turnstep.com
Fri May 18 18:00:56 BST 2007
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On Wednesday evening, May 23, there will be a keysigning at the very
end of the Postgres Palaver session. We'll aim to start the keysigning
around 7:45 or so. I encourage everyone to attend, or at least bring
your key information to PGcon. Even if you can't attend the keysigning
party, there's no reason you can't help strengthen the Postgres
web of trust by signing individual keys of people you bump into at
* What is PGP?
If you are new to PGP, Wikipedia has a fairly good overview with
lots of links:
The most common PGP application is GnuPG, which may already be installed
on your computer. If not, it can be found here:
* Why is PGP important?
PGP not only allows for secure (encrypted) communication between two
or more people, but it also allows things to be digitally signed. This
email, for example, is signed with my key, which allows other people
to verify that the email absolutely came from me. More importantly,
software can be signed as well. Some of the Postgres-related software
packages are digitally signed, usually by a small file ending in .sig
or .asc. This cannot be spoofed, and provides a high level of assurance
that what you are downloading is the exact file that it should be, and
not (for example) a modified version with a trojan attached.
* What do you need to bring to Ottawa?
All you need is a copy of your PGP fingerprint, and one or more photo IDs.
Since most of us are coming from out of the country, the ID part should
be already taken care of. Generally, you print out many copies of your
fingerprint, and hand those to other people after they verify your identity.
Writing your fingerprint on the back of your business card is an excellent
method. The actual key exchange between two people takes less than a minute
I've glossed over a few things, but all the information you ever wanted to
know about PGP and key signing can be found on the web, or feel free to email
me or catch me at the conference. If I remember to bring it, I'll be the one
wearing the "Got PGP?" button. :)
Greg Sabino Mullane greg at turnstep.com
PGP Key: 0x14964AC8 200705181257
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