[messaging] Another Take At Public Key Distribution

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Thu Jul 23 16:17:22 PDT 2015

Thanks for posting this Andres!

I will need to read this closely.

I only skimmed it for now… but the use of quorums suggests to me that this is a sort of Convergence style approach to keyservers, is that about right?

One note, as this part jumped out at me:

> The security requirements for end-to-end encryption leave us with an
> unfortunate tradeoff known as Zooko's triangle[1] (the CAP theorem[2] of
> security?): we do not know how to build a global secure directory of
> human-chosen usernames.

I think we’ve known how to build such a directory since 2011 at least, see Aaron Swartz’ post:

http://www.aaronsw.com/weblog/squarezooko <http://www.aaronsw.com/weblog/squarezooko>

Which led to Namecoin, etc.

Greg Slepak

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