Promoting the usage of OpenPGP (was: Re: Renewing expiring key - done correctly?)

Ingo Klöcker kloecker at
Thu Dec 5 21:38:50 CET 2013

On Thursday 05 December 2013 19:47:57 Hauke Laging wrote:
> BTW, OT: May I point you at this?

I'm sometimes pondering a different approach. I'm quite pessimistic 
about being able to educate the general population about OpenPGP. 
Therefore, I'm wondering whether it wouldn't be better if we, the 
developers of Free Software mail clients, made the usage of OpenPGP (or 
S/MIME) for email as transparent to the users as possible. Ideally, the 
users wouldn't even have to notice that they are communicating via 
encrypted email.

Unfortunately, I think email is a lost cause because there are so many 
different mail clients that will never support encryption. I think we 
have a much better chance to replace email with something new that has 
end-to-end encryption (and probably also authentication) built in than 
we have to fix email.

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