The problem is "motivational"
Mark H. Wood
mwood at IUPUI.Edu
Thu Oct 20 16:17:59 CEST 2011
On Thu, Oct 20, 2011 at 05:39:28AM +0000, M.R. wrote:
> On the other hand, I keep wondering: why are we (and we obviously
> are, witness this paper and the initiative behind it) so motivated
> to spread the gospel of e-mail encryption among those that completely
> lack the motivation for it?
o Philosophical: I just think that communication channels should be
encrypted unless someone demonstrates a good reason not to.
Perhaps it comes under the heading of not tempting others to sin. :-)
o Protective coloration: if email is normally encrypted, this further
weakens the already-stupid argument that "if you want this much
privacy then you must be up to no good."
o Weariness of "duh moments": some people throw their secrets around
like confetti and then get all bent out of shape when this comes
back to bite them. Saying, "well, you could easily have protected
yourself with X if you cared" is always unrewarding and always hard
to eschew. I'd rather not be tempted.
o Taking unenthusiasm personally: we obviously think this stuff is
interesting and useful, and it can feel kind of insulting that
o The telephone quandary: if *I* want to communicate securely with
you, then I need for *you* to have a compatible secure means of
communication. (If I'm the only person with a telephone, whom can
o Cassandra complex: the vague feeling that Something Bad Will
Happen And I Didn't Warn Them.
That's all I can think of right now.
Mark H. Wood, Lead System Programmer mwood at IUPUI.Edu
Asking whether markets are efficient is like asking whether people are smart.
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