gpg for anonymous users - Alternative to the web of trust?

adrelanos adrelanos at
Wed Mar 27 00:38:23 CET 2013

Yes, I agree, it's pretty much impossible to distinguish myself from a
nation-state's covert agency. Hence, I only asked how to claim a pseudonym.

David Chadwick:
> Its pretty much impossible to distinguish a nation-state's covert agency
> personnel who are masquerading as someone else from the real someone
> else. In the UK we have recently had examples of undercover agents
> infiltrating animal rights groups or similar as activists, forming deep
> emotional relationships with female members, moving in with them, having
> children with them, and then years later, after the group has been
> smashed, disappearing from the scene. One such lady victim saw the
> picture of a policeman years later (I think in a newspaper) and
> recognised him as the father of her child, which is when the scam was
> blown open. So in short, these agencies do not find it difficult to do
> anything that they need or want to do
> regards
> David
> On 26/03/2013 17:36, Johnicholas Hines wrote:
>> The question is how to distinguish yourself from a nation-state's covert
>> agency purporting to be an individual interested in anonymity; you need
>> to do something that the agency would find difficult to do.
>> Getting your name and key into difficult-to-corrupt archives will start
>> a timer - eventually you can point to the archives as evidence that you
>> are not a newcomer. Even an agency would find it difficult to change
>> history.
>> Spending money or effort forces a covert agency to also spend money or
>> effort to replicate your behavior. For example, if you sent someone a
>> bitcoin, they would have to spend some dollars to establish themselves
>> as comparably credible. Unfortunately, they have deep pockets. Effort
>> might be preferable to money, since leaves more ways that a covert
>> agency might make a mistake, behaving in some characteristic way (e.g.
>> some sort of automatic authorship attribution software might become
>> available that revealed them to be a team rather than an individual).
>> Steady effort at releasing patches over a decade might be moderately
>> credible.
>> Johnicholas
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