Over the years I’ve organized or tried to organize pgp key signing parties every time I go somewhere. I the last year I’ve organized 3 that were successful (eg with more then 10 attendees).
I’ve tried a bunch of times to have people show up at the hotel I was staying in the morning - that doesn’t work. Having catering at the venues is even better, it will encourage people to come from far away (or long distance commute). Try to show the path in the venues with signs (paper with PGP key signing party and arrows help).
Meeting in the evening after work works better ( after 18 or 18:30 works better).
Let people know how long it will take (count 1 hour/per 30 participants).
That makes people think twice before saying they will attend. It’s also an easy way for you to know how much beer/cola/ etc.. you’ll need to provide if you cater food.
I’ve been using eventbrite to manage attendance at my last three meeting it let’s me :
For such a party you need people to attend so you need to reach out.
I always start by a search on biglumber.com to find who are the people using gpg registered on that site for the area I’m visiting (see below on what I send).
Then I look for local linux users groups / *BSD groups and send an announcement to them with :
for my last announcement it looked like this :
Subject: GnuPG / PGP key signing party September 26 2014 Content-Type: multipart/signed; micalg=pgp-sha256; protocol="application/pgp-signature"; boundary="t01Mpe56TgLc7mgHKVMajjwkqQdw8XvI4" This is an OpenPGP/MIME signed message (RFC 4880 and 3156) --t01Mpe56TgLc7mgHKVMajjwkqQdw8XvI4 Content-Type: text/plain; charset=utf-8 Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable Hello my name is ludovic, I'm a sysadmins at mozilla working remote from europe. I've been involved with Thunderbird a lot (and still am). I'm organizing a pgp Key signing party in the Mozilla san francisco office on September the 26th 2014 from 6PM to 8PM. For security and assurances reasons I need to count how many people will attend. I'v setup a eventbrite for that at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gnupg-pgp-key-signing-party-making-the-web-o= f-trust-stronger-tickets-12867542165 (please take one ticket if you think about attending - If you change you mind cancel so more people can come). I will use the eventbrite tool to send reminders and I will try to make a list with keys and fingerprint before the event to make things more manageable (but I don't promise). for those using lanyrd you will be able to use http://lanyrd.com/ccckzw. Ludovic ps sent to buug.org,nblug.org end penlug.org - please feel free to post where appropriate ( the more the meerier, the stronger the web of trust).= ps2 I have contacted people listed on biglumber to have more gpg related people show up. --=20 [:Usul] MOC Team at Mozilla QA Lead fof Thunderbird http://sietch-tabr.tumblr.com/ - http://weusepgp.info/
As noted above making a list of participants to hand out helps a lot (I’ve used http://www.phildev.net/pius/ and my own stuff to make a list). It make it easier for you, for attendees. Tell people what they need to bring (IDs, pen, printed fingerprints if you don’t provide a list).
Send people reminder and let them know how many people intend to show up. It boosts audience.
I’m organizing a pgp Keysigning party in the Mozilla san francisco office on September the 26th 2014 from 6PM to 8PM.
For security and assurances reasons I need to count how many people will attend. I’ve setup a eventbrite for that at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gnupg-pgp-key-signing-party-making-the-web-of-trust-stronger-tickets-12867542165 (please take one ticket if you think about attending - If you change you mind cancel so more people can come).
I will use the eventbrite tool to send reminders and I will try to make a list with keys and fingerprint before the event to make things more manageable (but I don’t promise).
For those using lanyrd you will be able to use http://lanyrd.com/ccckzw.(Please tweet the event to get more people in).
On march 25th 2014 I’m organizing a pgp key signing party in the Mozilla London office after working hours.
If you value privacy and email you should probably attend. In order to organize the meeting I need to know the number of participants , for that I’m requesting that people register using eventbrite.
For thos who don’t know how pgp key signing party work you should read this http://sietch-tabr.tumblr.com/post/61392468398/pgp-key-signing-party-at-mozilla-summit-2013-details.
GPG/PGP is a open protocol aimed at encrypting , digitally signing emails and other documents. Unlike S/Mime - GPG is not centralized , it doesn’t rely on one entity to manage the trust factor - it relies on users to build a web of trust.
A Signing party is build and design to build the web of trust. To build it amongst mozillians , there will be 3 signing parties during the summit. One in Santa Clara, one in Toronto and one in Bruxelles (excuse the the spelling, but can’t spell it the non french way :-)).
for now if you think about participating - make sure you have a key. We’ll send out more details later. as we sort them out.
From Patrick the maintainer of enigmail :
-----BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE----- Hash: SHA256 Hi everyone I was recently contacted by several maintainers of Linux distributions asking me how I would support Thunderbird ESR releases. The current official Enigmail version working with Thunderbird 10 ESR is 1.4.0. My intention is to release new versions of Enigmail only for the most recent stable versions of Thunderbird. If new severe and/or security related bugs are fixed, I will backport them to the latest official version for the ESR releases (i.e. currently the 1.4.0 branch). If this will happen, I will send an email to the Enigmail mailing list; in addition will contact the recipients of this email. If you know of other people I should inform, or if you do not wish to receive such emails, then please let me know. - -Patrick -----BEGIN PGP SIGNATURE----- Version: GnuPG/MacGPG2 v2.0.17 (Darwin) Comment: Using GnuPG with Mozilla - http://enigmail.mozdev.org/