--On tirsdag, juni 03, 2003 09:20:24 -0700 Michael Thomas <mat(_at_)cisco(_dot_)com>
I, like you, suspect that authenticated email may
be helpful in the spam wars, but this must not be
viewed in isolation. "Authentication" begs the
question of identity, trust in assertion,
ownership of identity, and the motivation and
foibles of third parties who would likely be
needed to scale this to anything that would be
In particular, the latter is almost without
exception a "be careful for what you wish for"
situation. Centralization of power for naming and
thus participation would be a very convenient tool
to exclude undesirables. Today that's spammers,
but where are the checks and balances? What
prevents less worthy causes? How do you prevent an
unreasonable accrual of power made real by virtue
of being the path of least resistance for the
great unwashed masses?
Unless these issues -- and many more -- can be
finessed, the cure might be worse than the
I thought I'd try this....
is there any particular disadvantage or centralization of power implied in
me signing this message with my PGP key?
If not, is there any particular reason that I shouldn't do this all the
It's not a solution, but is there a downside?
Harald Alvestrand, wondering.....
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