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

David Chadwick d.w.chadwick at
Tue Mar 26 23:49:13 CET 2013

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



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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