I started the project in Germany because I wanted to help increase the OpenPGP user base. Increase it dramatically. Would not make a big difference to get from 20,000 (just a wild guess) users in Germany to 50,000. We need millions. Everyone needs crypto (not to the same extent, though) – that is my firm conviction. We make our high-tech societies vulnerable if we don't get a real change within the next years. You cannot defend against the bad guys without crypto. And crypto software is more or less useless if you don't know anything about the subject.
This page has mainly been created so that there is something in English to link to for explaining what I do to people who don't understand German. It may offer more in the future, see below.
The first real content on this site: The English translation of my OpenPGP comprehension test
Since autumn 2012 I have been giving free courses about using OpenPGP at the Berlin Linux User Group (BeLUG).
improving the courses
Of course, I have learnt a lot about such courses. Probably more than the participants learnt about crypto... Thus I have been improving the concept and material all the time. Now, half a year later, this is far from being finished.
share the experience
I explain my experiences with my courses on that web site so that it becomes easier for others to give similar courses. Furthermore I share my documents and the software I wrote (mainly a script for fast generation of high quality keys).
I contact IT related groups all over Germany and try to find people there who are interested in creating a permanent course offering.
list the courses
I have a list on the site of the organizations which I know of that they offer such courses. Currently two (including me). Not much for an 80 million people country but everything(?) starts small.
make a plan
I have developed a plan how to proceed beyond what I already mentioned.
I am going to offer help for similar projects e.g. by translating my work.
I will list all other projects I know about. In addition (or rather: as substitute) I will probably list good OpenPGP resources for beginners and advanced users.
So if you are interested in doing something similar in your country then feel free to contact me.
I have written several articles for the KDE userbase wiki which are all available in English, too:
OpenPGP Getting Started (preparations for the generation of high quality keys)
coming soon: OpenPGP For Advanced Users
coming soon: OpenPGP Key Generation
Even though it is currently in German only my bash script for the simple generation of high quality keys and the list of commands (German again...) which explains the core actions of the script may be useful for some.
Daniel Kahn Gillmor's proposal for OpenPGP Best Practices may be interesting, too.
hauke.laging – use this key: 0x5A21B2D0
fingerprint of the OTR key: -----BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE----- Hash: SHA256 3162B7FC 56390CBA 69CB5086 97F1A3C0 E17E939B -----BEGIN PGP SIGNATURE----- Version: GnuPG v2.0.18 (GNU/Linux) iQEcBAEBCAAGBQJQwfN9AAoJEEhrF6s/lq2OLGYIAIFz7WQE5AnmxuVhBWYsLZqC TiyIC6Uf3W3bduUKa4878qAEByLP5Ihns2hkmNyl8ueCzhYQ4i5mjxyZPCJjIwM2 8UarcwgA7FnnaHKFyOWtP6VtlluoT78ZPlOuEAHW+FPePHOl+NB8ffkaafrzYtY6 GxBzCfxRP54S8YAcAN9NiSzpG1nubQ5czGfhWsJW5OTO67j1e2ZqVGTWrse/MHaq OVCZPvwVIZoToLi6++0ewWizqWZAIQ1J8a70q3f6Gi0bd0bJt2zv5LICD/gi6AUx mtExvunqORbLmNXoGBnqKVgsMsFA4QvbRGwX8BPVphI2awpH87/5eB+RecqEFdA= =zT4n -----END PGP SIGNATURE-----
Hauke Laging, Peter-Vischer-Straße 29, 12157 Berlin, Germany
Telefon: 030 / 32603660