STEED - Usable end-to-end encryption

Robert J. Hansen rjh at
Tue Oct 25 17:09:43 CEST 2011

On 10/25/11 10:57 AM, Peter Lebbing wrote:
> The problem with the current proposal in that respect is that it
> requires co-operation of e-mail providers.

I disagree.  The problem with the current proposal is it offers email
providers no payoff for their work.  If it could credibly be said,
"implement STEED and you'll get 25% less spam across your network,"
email providers would be lining up around the block to participate.

As I mentioned before, most people do not understand privacy, do not see
the benefit from privacy, and even if they understood it would not see a
benefit from it.  That's the dealbreaker.  Hundreds of good ideas have
foundered on those shoals: I suspect STEED will turn out to be another.

But I hope I'm wrong.

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