Storing secrets on other people's computers

Jerome Baum jerome at
Fri May 6 01:21:10 CEST 2011

On Fri, May 6, 2011 at 00:46, Robert J. Hansen <rjh at> wrote:

> Because the _New York Times_ keeps records of all the papers it's ever
> published.  It can be seen as a highly effective, if low-tech, long-term
> archival solution.  Paperkey the private certificate, publish it in the NYT,
> verify the accuracy of the published certificate, and presto: your key is
> archived for the next 100+ years.

Now, this would be the kind of cost involved with keeping the key secret --
you have to archive it. I would consider that cost pretty small, but YMWV
("your mileage *will* vary"). As I said, as soon as there is any cost -- and
there is always a cost from a theoretical standpoint -- then there is a

That said, publishing it here should serve the purpose well -- gnupg-users
publicly archived, and the Internet Archive probably archives the public
archives, as does Google, etc. -- but(!) see below.

> Honestly, half the reason why I volunteer to publish my certificate in the
> NYT is for precisely this reason.  I think it'd be kind of cool to (a) have
> the NYT be my data archive, and (b) get someone else to pay for it.  :)

That's the caveat with publishing on the web -- you loose the coolness
factor. Besides what I said, I entirely agree and am entirely convinced -- I
just hate empty statements -- and it would be sooo cool to get a key

Jerome Baum

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