[cryptography] How much does it cost to start a root CA ?

James A. Donald jamesd at echeque.com
Fri Jan 4 18:06:53 EST 2013


On 2013-01-05 8:05 AM, Ryan Sleevi wrote
> Can you explain how, exactly, incumbents leverage any power to keep new
> entrants out?

Such behavior is necessarily a deviation from official truth, from the 
way certification is supposed to work, thus the only way to observe such 
behavior would be if emails leaked, as in the climategate files where we 
saw how peer review actually worked..

Analogously, regulators, financial audits and ratings agencies were 
supposed to ensure that banks only invested in safe stuff.  When the 
proverbial hit the fan, it became apparent that regulators, financial 
audits and ratings agencies in practice ensured that banks only invested 
in politically correct stuff, but no one can explain how, exactly, this 
happened - well it is pretty obvious how it happened, and one can make a 
pretty good guess how it happened, but there is no direct official 
evidence as to how it happened.



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