OK #Penguicon people, I have been planning this a long time.
With Keybase, you can connect your accounts on different services, to prove you are who you say you are. Today #Keybase integrated penguicon.social as one of those services.
You don't have to wait for #birdsite staff to prove you are "Verified". I don't have to make my username therealmattarnold.
In the above post, I proved I'm MattArnold on Github, nemorathwald on Reddit, & matt_arnold on Hacker News.
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You know how if you try to explain public and private keys to someone, and their eyes glaze over, and you give up? With Keybase, you never even need to mention it.
"Someone set up a fake Facebook account impersonating my aunt."
"That's what you get a Mastodon account for."
"WELL IT'S SOCIAL MEDIA EXCEPT DECENTRALIZED... are you listening?"
*eyes glaze over*
OK, we're working on it. But still, it's progress.
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@matt a friend of mine describes free/open software as decolonized, which speaks to a certain subset of non techy socially conscious people
@matt On a quick two-minute look, it looks like Keybase is a cross between a secure chat client and a fancy GPG front end and key manager. Is that about right? Will look into it more when I'm less busy.
@autumn Yes, and secure file transfer. The app also has a built-in wallet to exchange #Stellar Lumens with nothing but each other's #Keybase usernames. It syncs your Stellar #cryptocurrency private key across your devices without exposing it to Keybase's servers.
@matt Interesting. I've been trying to figure out how to use my PGP key to publically authenticate my accounts. It doesn't require your private key I hope.
A way to access the Fediverse, for attendees of Penguicon, an annual convention of science fiction, open source software, and all geeky interests, in Southfield, Michigan, USA.
Convention info: https://penguicon.org