Point of view regarding LISA 2002
Tue Oct 1 22:43:02 2002
On Tue, 1 Oct 2002, Len Sassaman wrote:
> On Sat, 28 Sep 2002, Alexandre Dulaunoy wrote:
> > Did you know the presentation ? the speaker ?
> Lots of people on this list know the speaker. I think I'm the only one who
> knows the presentation, though there are many people who could give it
> just as well.
Do you plan to publish the presentation afterwards ?
> > I don't think that GnuPG have failed in their mission. GnuPG is
> > usable, there is more and more user-interface integration
> > with GnuPG/OpenPGP and the use is increasing quite well. (Just see the
> > message signing in mailing-list and so on...)
> You think so?
> Try this experiment: Take a laptop with PGP on it and go down to your
> local bar, coffee shop, cafe, etc, and attempt to explain what GnuPG is
> good for, how it works, and how one uses it in 5 minutes or less to 10
> random people who have never heard of PGP, and who are of "average"
> computer literacy (i.e., they know how to connect to the Internet and use
> email, but don't use Linux/Unix and have never compiled a program in their
I agree with you but this is a real issue for a vast majority of
Free Software project and technical issue in general. Digital
signature for example is also a real issue to explain clearly to the
"average" computer user. (For example, the FINID initiative is also
difficult but they are discussions to put this in real and large
The problem is real but maybe for OpenPGP but also for the vast
majority of concept around cryptography.
> How many of them will walk away understanding what you told them? Of
> those, how many will become new OpenPGP users? Of those, how many will use
> OpenPGP properly in a manner which will actually secure their messages?
Yes, that's true but this is not a general failure of the OpenPGP
initiative but a general failure of the promotion of the basics
> I'm not going to say anymore about this until after LISA. If you're
> planning on attending, please feel free to disagree with me in the Q&A
> session after my talk.
Don't hesitate to provide an electronic version of the presentation
after LISA to gnupg-user.
Thanks a lot for the respond and your time.
Alexandre Dulaunoy -- http://www.foo.be/
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