CaCert assurance party @ MozSummit 2010

July 1, 2010
By Bogomil Shopov
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What is Cacert?

CAcert.org is a community-driven certificate authority that issues free public key certificates to the public. CAcert has nearly 150,000 verified users and has issued over 548,000 certificates as of January 2010

These certificates can be used to sign and encrypt email, authenticate and authorize users connecting to websites and secure data transmission over the Internet. Any application that supports the Secure Socket Layer (SSL) can make use of certificates signed by CAcert, as can any application that uses X.509 certificates, e.g. for encryption or code signing and document signatures.

How

To create higher-trust certificates, users can participate in a web of trust system whereby users physically meet and verify each other’s identities. CAcert maintains the number of assurance points for each account. Assurance points can be gained through various means, primarily by having one’s identity physically verified by users classified as “Assurers”.

Party

If you want to join this web of trust, bring your passport and one more id, join the website, print THIS form and come and let’s Rock.

Mozilla and Cacert

What’s up with Mozilla and Cacert? See this bug in Bugzilla.

Bogomil Shopov

I care about privacy, ethical design, and freedom in many aspects. I spend 20+ years working as a web developer and architect, analyst, manager, and product owner/manager in different environments, several countries, and multiple software industries like Healthcare and Hospitality. I wore many hats, and I use the knowledge gathered to optimize the flow of value across complex systems.

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