If you don’t know what PGP means (or GPG), you should consult your favourite search engine. While it has a bad reputation for its usability, it is a lot more useful than the rumours might suggest (please attend your local CryptoParty chapter for more details). This is why the German Unix Users Group organises an OpenPGP.conf event. It takes place on 8/9 September 2016 in Cologne, Germany. The Call for Papers is still running, so be quick and submit.
The international conference, initiated by Werner Koch, maintainer of the free OpenPGP implementation Gnu Privacy Guard (GnuPG), and organized by the German Unix Users Group Association introduces the subject of confidential and untampered with communication including, but not limited to
- security aware users,
- IT managers and architects responsible for security objectives,
- software developers who plan to implement secure applications,
- service providers who have to comply with security SLAs, and
- activists and journalists interested in privacy issues.
During the two day conference in english language in Cologne, talks cover a comparison on popular key distribution protocols DANE and WKD, the alternative trust model Mesh, the API library GPGME, and the USB token environment Gnuk.
Presentations discuss threads imposed by certain use patterns of OpenPGP, publicly funded activities both on Germany’s federal level as well as EU approaches, a survey of the current state of OpenPGP adoption, and a retrospective of 25 years of the protocol.
Tickets are available at the conference website. A number of discounts are available for students, GUUG members, and for those who book until August 8, 2016. Some discounts can be combined. Tickets include food and drinks during the conference and attendance to the social event.
So, go forth, make crypto, not „cyberwar“.