[messaging] GNU Name System

D. J. Bernstein djb at cr.yp.to
Sun Oct 5 14:01:24 PDT 2014

Am I the only one who's bothered by all the effort to build naming/PKI
systems that put, e.g., VeriSign and Google and anyone who compromises
them in control of all communications between Alice and Bob?

What I'd like from a naming system is something better, namely maximum
security. This concept is explained in, e.g.,


but I think that most people here already know what it means.

The traditional view is that maximum-security decentralized systems
can't be usable, so we have to compromise on security, typically by
trusting centralized third parties. The reason I'm writing now is that I
think most people here haven't yet heard of the GNU Name System, a
_usable_ maximum-security decentralized naming system:


I don't see any obstacle to taking this approach to naming inside new
messaging systems.


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