[cryptography] What project would you finance? [WAS: Potential funding for crypto-related projects]

ianG iang at iang.org
Tue Jul 2 05:50:32 EDT 2013

BTNS (better than nothing security) for IPSec could save it.

There is precedent:  the ideas behind SSH totally swept out 
secure-telnet within a year or so.  Skype demolished other VoIP 
providers, because its keys were hidden.  The same thing happened with 
that email transport security system.

In contrast, IPSec is a complete and utter deployment failure, and it 
shares statistically unmeasurable rates of protection across the net. 
It's near cousin, secure browsing at least achieved penetration rates of 
around 1% if one counts the HTTPS v. HTTP ratio (what else matters?). 
Both suffered in large part because they insisted on the classical 
certificates / PKI schoolbook.

So, if one is looking for a saviour, there is pretty good correlation here.

On 2/07/13 02:01 AM, Taral wrote:
> +1. This, totally.
> On Mon, Jul 1, 2013 at 6:52 AM, Eugen Leitl <eugen at leitl.org> wrote:
>> On Sun, Jun 30, 2013 at 07:09:57PM -0700, Yosem Companys wrote:
>>> Speaking of which...
>>> If you had an extra $2-3K to give to a liberationtech or crypto project,
>>> who do you think would benefit the most?
>> A BTNS implementation. There aren't any.
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