STEED - Usable end-to-end encryption

Werner Koch wk at
Tue Oct 18 17:58:17 CEST 2011

On Tue, 18 Oct 2011 15:42, mwood at IUPUI.Edu said:

> To be secure without being involved in the process is an unreasonable
> expectation which can never be met.  We need to teach our kids to
> expect to protect themselves online the same way we teach them to look

We did this for about 15 years - without any success.  If you look at
some of the studies you will see that you can't teach that stuff to
non-techies - sometimes not even to engineers.

Let's compare it using an example from the not too far past: It has been
claimed that most VCRs used to blink 12:00 but nevertheless they were
sold and did what they should do: tape movies.  This is similar to mail:
Everyone is able to send and receive mail but most are not able to (set
the VCR timer|encrypt the mails).  Newer features in VCRs set the clock
automatically and make the timer setting task much easier in the user
interface (e.g. by selecting the title of the movie you want to tape
from a electronic program magazine).  This user experience is what we
need to aim for.

> both ways before crossing the street.  Probably at the same age.

That is easy because we have learned over thousands of years to use our
senses to be safe.  Our senses for those small electrons are not as
matured as the the others.  Why should they - we know about them only
for maybe 300 years.



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