[linux-elitists] Phil Zimmermann on key exchange

Don Marti dmarti@zgp.org
Tue Nov 13 17:18:21 PST 2001


Zimmermann says that the current practice of keysignings, with
government-issued identification, recitation of fingerprints
and other rituals, is missing the point of helping users get the
practical benefits of encrypting their mail. "What did I start? I
feel like I've created a monster", he told a crowd of GPG users.

Zimmermann explained alternatives to the keysigning monster in an
interview. "A decade ago it made sense to go for maximum security
regarding how to trust whether a key is really the right key",
he said.  "But things can get paralyzed by excessive analness."


(BTW, I am already complaining about the damn GIFs that the new LJ
site inherited from PHPNuke, so you don't have to.  Really.

Don Marti          What do we want?  Free Dmitry!  When do we want it?  Now!
dmarti@zgp.org                                  Free the web, burn all GIFs.
KG6INA                                               http://burnallgifs.org/

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