SVLUG Keysigning Party

Where? When?

SVLUG December Meeting
December 7, 2005
The meeting is from 7pm - 9pm.
The keysigning will be at the end of the meeting
Directions and location are available at the SVLUG website.

What's a key-signing party?

A key-signing party is where PGP users get together to verify the match between a PGP key and the identity of the person behind it. They then sign each others keys, thus leading to an expansion of the PGP web of trust.

What do I need to do to prepare for this party?

You need to do the following before the party:
  1. If you don't have one already, generate a PGP key.
    There are quite a few choices to make when generating a PGP key, so choose wisely.
    Many choices cannot be changed later.
    For information on how to generate a PGP key using GnuPG, here is a link to the appropriate section of the Gnu Privacy Handbook.

  2. Submit your key to the keyserver running at
    gpg --keyserver --send-keys (your hex ID here)

  3. Email your key ID, key type, fingerprint, and key size to me.
    Ideally I would like the output of
    gpg --list-keys --fingerprint (your hex ID here)
    PLEASE put the word PGP in the subject.
    mail it to Andrew Chant (
    Deadline: 5pm December 7th

  4. You will receive an email response signed by me (355144CE)
    Assuming I got your key and all is well. Additionally, your key fingerprint will be listed here.
    I have chosen to only post the key fingerprints to avoid spam problems, though do note that email addresses are easily harvested through the pgp keyservers.

  5. Come to the December 7th SVlug meeting!
    1. You
    2. Method for proving your identity
      Some people require passports, or other gov't issued photo ID. Others are more careful :)
    3. A paper copy of your key ID, key type, key fingerprint (in hex), and key size
    4. Pen or Pencil
    5. You do not need a computer. It will not help.

How will we do the keysigning?

So I've got this sheet full of checkmarks..

Never fear! Here's how to complete the keysigning.
Put your paper in a safe place, then go eat and socialize at the post-SVLUG meeting gathering. When you finally reach a computer you TRUST: