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keybase prove github

Update, October 27th, 2022:

I locked myself out of Keybase 🦝
If you get a message from juniperspring on Keybase, don't trust it.
I might make a blog post about Keybase at some point.
Or maybe I just took over this Github account... ;)

Proof of time:

  • Current Bitcoin block height: 760,576
  • Block hash: 000000000000000000023ba95f71d7ef637b1510d25e867a2ce1f9786bbe59e4

I lost access to my Keybase account.
I was playing around with the CLI and ran the following two commands:
keybase account lockdown
keybase logout

Apparently those are bad commands to run when you've revoked all other devices and forgot your Keybase password. I still have keys for one of my devices, but AFAIK they're encrypted with some secret derived from my Keybase password.

Thoughts on Keybase in 2022:

  • It's cool and demonstrates some creative solutions to hard problems (p hard, not np, but still)
  • It's useful as a public record
  • AFAIK, no good read-only clones of the Keybase API data exist
    • There's plenty of good metadata within Keybase's public history
    • But I don't want to be dependent on Keybase's servers to access it
    • Keybase should have third-party equivalents to things like Bitcoin block explorers
    • The fact that no such clones exist evidences a lack of interest in Keybase imo
  • It's heavily centralized, at least in that it requires a central server to track changes
    • They store the Merkle tree (well, "forest") root hash in the Stellar chain
    • But that root hash is for auditability (fork resistance) rather than data persistence
    • AFAIK, Keybase's utility decreases massively if their servers go down
    • It's owned by Zoom now
    • Zoom bought Keybase to advertise cybersecurity to gullible investors
    • Zoom's C suite is more interested in Zoom than in maintaining Keybase
  • The Keybase docs are scattered and full of dead links
    • This is a good lesson in keeping docs in source control; docs should be foss
    • Zoom should maintain the Keybase docs but they won't because they don't care

Keybase proof

I hereby claim:

To claim this, I am signing this object:

  "body": {
    "key": {
      "eldest_kid": "01204ebd606d2637c6be99c3329a68465e201b075731a7fae1ce2565388c56726be90a",
      "host": "",
      "kid": "0120c610878d79cc024ff631172ebf68b979c6bb6f53ca892260d39275da3a496e810a",
      "uid": "8a86aa096441ceafae16f84849cc4319",
      "username": "juniperspring"
    "merkle_root": {
      "ctime": 1664389266,
      "hash": "f1a16f5198085ab5ed083917d54c585f511821b66f3a63f52f660fbc27c07d3e62d0dd102cc92e6e4a7dd77de3074dc6683a3ac0e6071ea0fc27f9481c59240b",
      "hash_meta": "67bab1590ec821b2d8e0503a0fcc755a482c93310674c0c66de130eefbfe74ec",
      "seqno": 23276182
    "service": {
      "entropy": "hips0F+RHfrxR11xDkuSk5JC",
      "name": "github",
      "username": "librick"
    "type": "web_service_binding",
    "version": 2
  "client": {
    "name": " go client",
    "version": "6.0.2"
  "ctime": 1664389280,
  "expire_in": 504576000,
  "prev": "c87edf3e980a344ebc43323ade6b3f8d708f7c7fcf58f72dbc8ed7d222deadb3",
  "seqno": 33,
  "tag": "signature"

with the key ASDGEIeNecwCT_YxFy6_aLl5xrtvU8qJImDTknXaOklugQo, yielding the signature:


And finally, I am proving ownership of the github account by posting this as a gist.

My publicly-auditable identity:

From the command line:

Consider the keybase command line program.

# look me up
keybase id juniperspring
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librick commented Oct 27, 2022

juniperspring is digitally stateless now 😔⛵
unmoored and untethered from Keybase, my account lives on in Merkle forest hashes,
floating among memos on the Stellar chain

Failing to fetch me at first keep encouraged,
Missing me one place search another,
I stop somewhere waiting for you.
- Walt Whitman 🌱

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