LPM: Re: Keysigning
rbowen at rcbowen.com
Tue Feb 11 13:47:22 CST 2003
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Date: Tue, 11 Feb 2003 14:12:04 -0500
From: Ken Rietz <krietz at krietz.org>
To: lexington-pm-list at happyfunball.pm.org
Subject: Re: LPM: Keysigning
On Tue, Feb 11, 2003 at 01:06:16PM -0500, give or take a bit, David Hempy wrote:
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> > Subject: Re: LPM: Keysigning
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> Okay...maybe this falls under the "If you have to ask..." category, but I just have to ask...
> What is this all about? Are you talking about police-style fingerprints, or some kind of digital signature?
> Curious and confused,
Hey, I know where you are coming from. It has taken me a while to get
any grasp of this at all.
The "keys" that are signed are digital signatures, and the keysigning is
all about verifying other people's keys based on face-to-face contact
and checking identification. 'Yes, this person is who he/she claims to
be.' It's something of a growing subculture, based around PGP or GPG
encryption programs. Those programs provide the keys to be signed.
More info than you could possibly want is at (and linked from)
Ken Rietz: krietz(at)qx.net;ken.rietz(at)asbury.edu
It has yet to be proved that intelligence has any survival value.
-- Arthur C. Clarke
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