The StartSSL™ Web-of-Trust community network provides a unique decentralized certification system for the validation of the identity of subscribers. By having their identity validated multiple times, this type of verification can provide very strong assurances made by the notaries of the subscriber.
However it is the relying parties responsibility to make a correct judgement, on how much it want to trust the assurances made by the notaries members of the web-of-trust network. The more a subscriber has his identity validated by a notary, the more likely that the personal details in the issued certificate is correct.
To join the web-of-trust community please visit at the StartSSL™ Web-of-Trust web site