Gossamer Spider Web of Trust (GSWoT)
An Innovative and Progressive Web of Trust
In a Nutshell...
Gossamer Spider Web of Trust (GSWoT) is an increasingly popular and
expanding web of trust within the global PGP web of trust. We share the
same interests as other groups who support public key cryptography
through advocacy and published practices.
The Gossamer Spider
Web of Trust extends from its Web of Introducers, who are assurers for
other web of trust products (like X.509 Digital ID's from CAcert and
Thawte), Notaries Public (Canada and United States), persons
responsible for authenticating identities within an organization or
commercial enterprise, and enthusiasts identity assured through our
internal process. You could become a GSIntroducer! See Become a GSIntroducer
for more info.
Web of Introducers affirm they will strictly adhere to our practice
guidelines. If you see a GSIntroducer signature on a key, you can be
reasonably certain the key belongs to the real identity named in the
To install the Gossamer Spider Web of Trust, import the Root Signing Key
and set trust to a depth of two (2). This will validate the keys of the
Web of Introducers and allow them to introduce keys (keys signed by
Introducers will appear valid). The greater the path length you
specify, the more the web of trust can work for you (ie, path length
(certification depth) of three (3) will also allow a trusted introducer
of a GSIntroducer to validate keys in your keyring).
Building and Extending a Web of Trust
Gossamer Spider Web of Trust can act as a bridge between individuals
and groups. Everyone can know exactly with whom they are corresponding
and most importantly, that each other's public key is authentic. Your
organization can extend the Web of Trust by requesting your top-level
certificate be certified as an Introducer. This can validate the
certificates you assure within your organization to persons outside
your group who rely upon GSWoT certifications. Similarly, contacts made
to your group can be easily authenticated when the sender has been
certified within the Gossamer Spider Web of Trust.
The Gossamer Spider
Web of Trust is primarily intended for non-commercial users. Our
purpose includes increasing the population in the strong set of
worldwide keys where that increase represents keys that have
appreciated extensive validation. The strong set refers to keys where
there is a direct certification path between any two keys in the set.
What Gossamer Spider is not:
- affiliated with any not-for-profit or commercial Certification Authority
What Gossamer Spider is:
- an organization of PGP enthusiasts who issue certifications
directly, and bridge the certifications of compatible Certification
Authorities into the PGP Web of Trust by advocating to and permitting
the Web of Trust assurers of those institutions to introduce PGP keys
- a world of people sharing a common interest in promoting good web of trust management and having fun doing it!
Registering a Signing Certificate
you wish to register your personal PGP public key or your
organization's signing key with the Web of Introducers, please begin by
reading our Become a GSIntroducer
Third Party Relying Agreement
Gossamer Spider Web of Introducers strive to issue objectively extensive certifications. Certification quality is to be
regarded as "low assurance". Absolutely no warranty of any kind is
implied by the certifications applied by the Gossamer Spider Web of
Trust Root Signing Key or by the certifications of the Web of
Introducers. Relying parties are urged to require additional
certification for commerce, legal and mission critical applications.
GSWoT Root Signing Key
GSWoT Root Signing Key is used to authenticate GSIntroducers
("assurers" who comprise our Web of Introducers). You can learn more
about installing the Gossamer Spider Web of Trust in other sections of
The Gossamer Spider Web of Trust Root Signing Key is a Digital Signature Standard 1024-bit key.
SHA-1 Fingerprint: 59F5 2214 8745 E548 7F41 4E1C 6BCB 9B4B 8875 FB7F
should confirm the Fingerprint with a GSIntroducer you know and trust.