Thoughts on Keybase

Sandeep Murthy s.murthy at
Wed Jan 7 03:55:50 CET 2015


I like the idea of Keybase, although it may appear ironic
that an application designed to encourage people to
protect their privacy by using encryption more widely
and accessibly may require the storage and public
monitoring of digital identity records.

I think it shows there must be give and take - if you want
complete privacy you can go and hide in a bunker completely
cut off from the external world.  But if you have any desire
to communicate with others then you have to be willing to
give up the that little bit of your public identity which you want
other people to know is genuine, in order to protect your
private communications.

Sandeep Murthy
s.murthy at

> On 7 Jan 2015, at 02:14, Mirimir <mirimir at> wrote:
> Signed PGP part
> On 01/06/2015 06:04 PM, MFPA wrote:
> <SNIP>
>> Anyway, we have gone *way* off-topic. My original comment was intended
>> to convey my general opinion that a publicly-known dossier of
>> unrelated "identity" events sounds far too invasive to be comfortable.
>> And later in my posting, the corollary that keybase does not sound
>> like something attractive to people who, like me, prefer to
>> compartmentalise the facets of their life as separate "fractions".
> I also favor compartmentalization. But reading <>, I
> don't see any requirement to include all online identity information,
> provide government-issued ID, etc, etc, etc. I already use Gravatar
> <>.
> Wouldn't Keybase just better link all that to Mirimir's GnuPG key? Or am
> I missing the point? Is there an expectation that Keybase usernames are
> not merely pseudonyms?
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