Public key distribution would be easier if we could use our Facebook and other social network accounts. We'll try to create a Facebook app and browser extension to make this process easier.
Our team: Sameer Parekh, Saad Mir, Nick Doty
What are you building: A tool to help you create and install a PGP key pair in your Facebook profile and consume your friends public keys.
Who is it for: Facebook users who would like encrypted messaging but don't understand the complexities of PGP key management.
Our goal for this weekend: A browser extension and a Facebook app to help create key pairs and install them in your Facebook profile, and potentially also let you view them in a friendly way, install them in a key chain, use them to encrypt messages, etc.
Our starting point: The general idea of Social Keys comes from Stanford guys; one of us started a skeleton of this code in a past hackathon, but for the most part this functionality is from scratch.
What we got done: A Chrome extension that interprets a public key, submits it to a keyserver, updates your Facebook profile with that key and then interprets other keys it sees on Facebook profiles as public keys. (Still to be done: generate the GPG key itself locally in the browser extension, pull friends' public keys into your keyring, send an encrypted message via Facebook API, reveal signature information.)
Who benefits: Right now, users who can generate a key but want to share it more easily and visibly with their non-technical friends. Once we've developed it end-to-end it can help non-technical users who don't understand PGP keys to start using encryption.