Encryption on Mailing lists sensless?
Mark H. Wood
mwood at IUPUI.Edu
Tue Nov 18 19:47:52 CET 2014
On Mon, Nov 17, 2014 at 01:49:01PM -0500, Robert J. Hansen wrote:
> The crypto dream is that the confidentiality of our messages will be
> preserved for centuries after our death, which sounds really great up
> until you consider what an archaeologist circa 4000 AD is going to be
> thinking. "I have a stack of records here that could shed light on the
> way people lived in a long-dead civilization, but I can't read them.
> Why? What were these people doing that they thought their email to
> their Aunt Edna needed to remain secret for all time? Why is it that,
> millennia after they're gone, Aunt Edna's recipe for potato salad has to
> be gone with them?"
> Or think about your own kids, circa 2040 AD. "I'd love to read these
> emails between Mom and Dad when they were courting, but ... they were
> afraid of Somebody-with-an-S reading their emails. I wonder if they
> ever thought that the Somebody might be their son, who wanted to
> understand after their deaths how it was these two people came to meet
> and fall in love."
This raises an interesting point. If I bequeath my collected letters
to someone, how do I arrange the transmission of the necessary
passphrases as well? I wonder if the lawyer who draws up my will
would even understand the question.
Mark H. Wood
Lead Technology Analyst
Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis
755 W. Michigan Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202
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