View Full Version : NSA Museum Tour & GPG Key Signing August 2nd

May 27th, 2008, 10:33 PM
Recently there has been growing talk and interest in the area of computer data privacy. This typically leads to a discussion about methods for encrypting files and email communications. The defacto standard for this currently is public key cryptology in the form of GnuPG (http://www.gnupg.org)/PGP. So for the July 9th meeting of CALug (http://www.calug.org) there will be a presentation on what GnuPG is and how to use it followed by some discussion as time permits.

This will be followed up on July 17th at the Ubuntu Maryland LoCo Team meeting (https://wiki.ubuntu.com/MarylandTeam/Meetings/2008July17). Many times when you go home from one of these presentations you start to experiment a little and run into questions. Please feel free to bring your laptops and/or questions on generating GnuPG keys, the use of the command line, email integration and front ends. We will do our best to help you through any issues you have. We will attempt to have a few demo machines if you do not have a laptop available to you.

To get some history of cryptology the Columbia Area Linux Users Group and Ubuntu Maryland LoCo Team are presenting a field trip to the NSA's National Cryptologic Museum on August 2, 2008.

A description of the museum from their website (http://www.nsa.gov/MUSEUM/):

"The National Cryptologic Museum is the National Security Agency’s principal gateway to the public. It shares the Nation’s, as well as NSA’s, cryptologic legacy and place in world history. Located adjacent to NSA Headquarters, Ft. George G. Meade, Maryland, the Museum collection contains thousands of artifacts that collectively serve to sustain the history of the cryptologic profession. Here visitors can catch a glimpse of some of the most dramatic moments in the history of American cryptology: the people who devoted their lives to cryptology and national defense, the machines and devices they developed, the techniques they used, and the places where they worked. For the visitor, some events in American and world history will take on a new meaning. For the cryptologic professional, it is an opportunity to absorb the heritage of the profession."

We will arrive at the museum at 10am for an hour and a half tour of the exhibits with one of the museum's staff (or volunteers) as a guide. About 15 minutes after the tour is over we will gather for a GnuPG key signing event. Details of the keysigning and what you will need will be discussed at the July CALug meeting.

All are welcome to come on the tour, however we do need to get the number of attendees for the museum staff to properly accommodate us. Please sign up (https://wiki.ubuntu.com/MarylandTeam/Events/FieldTrips/NSAMuseum) at the Ubuntu Maryland wiki if you have a login. Otherwise please email chuckfrain@pobox.com with your name or to request anonymity and the number attending with you.

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