[cryptography] Key escrow 2012

Jeffrey I. Schiller jis at qyv.net
Fri Mar 30 12:00:40 EDT 2012

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> Nope.  If we had won, crypto would be in widespread use today for
> email.  As it is, enough FUD and confusion was sown to avert that
> outcome.  Even on geek mailing lists such as this, signatures are
> rare.

Sorry, I beg to differ. The average folks in the world today never
heard of the crypto war and certainly were not influenced by it. Just
about every mail client (accept the one I happen to be using :-) ) has
some form of crypto (usually S/MIME) built in. Yet it isn't being

I have heard a lot of speculation as to why crypto isn't being used by
Joe Average, ranging from its too hard, lack of understanding of key
management (aka Certificates) [its too hard], and just lack of
caring. See http://www.simson.net/ref/2004/chi2005_smime_submitted.pdf

But the crypto wars just isn't a factor.

There is still time to figure out how to get people to use crypto, all
is not yet lost!


Jeffrey I. Schiller
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