Good idea, but don't expect too much
Posted Feb 18, 2010 9:31 UTC (Thu) by khim
Parent article: Trust, but verify
While those of us who are technically inclined will be able to
use a web of trust if desired, it would be nice one day if our parents,
siblings, and others who aren't so technical could also stop relying on
potentially corrupt organizations for their internet communication
This is stupid goal for two reasons:
1. It's unachievable.
2. It's not something we'd like to have anyway.
Think about it this way: you can not live without trusting "central
authorities". You trust your supermarket when you are buying food, you
trust your car mechanic when you are driving car, you trust your electric
company when you turn your computer on and so on. Heck, a lot of guys you
trust based on central authority can kill you! Not just your medic, but you
gas-man! It's neither usable nor feasible to play these "web of trust"
games in real world - why cyberworld must be any different?
Sure, we need people who'll catch "potentially corrupt" authorities when
they'll become "actually corrupt" and expose them - just like we need them
in our non-computer related life. But to expect that Joe Average will play
these "web of trust" games... this is not just stupid, this is unfair! If
"central authorities" model is good enough for you to entrust your life
then why it's not good enough to entrust your files? Do you value your life
less then you ssh account?
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