Re: [Secdispatch] [saag] The Mathematical Mesh

Nico Williams <nico@cryptonector.com> Thu, 25 April 2019 16:14 UTC

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Subject: Re: [Secdispatch] [saag] The Mathematical Mesh
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Now that I understand what the proposal is, I have to say that I like
it.

There are some important new things in it, mostly the use of a
blockchain for PGP-style web-of-trust, and an Internet protocol for
device key management (which is separable but doesn't need to be
separated).  The first is a new application of existing ideas, but it
is critical to facilitating the use of web-of-trust.

The most important thing about the proposal is that it's a synthesis of
the above and an all-of-the-above approach to communication security for
average users, and that it's a proposal for Standards-Track Internet
protocols.  As such it has better chance of success than the disparate
piecemeal efforts of the industry as a whole until now.

Count on me as a reviewer,

Nico
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