[talk] How I stopped worrying, and learned to love GPG
george at ceetonetechnology.com
Sun Feb 22 13:00:29 EST 2015
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Michael W. Lucas:
> On Sat, Feb 21, 2015 at 08:33:26PM -0500, George Rosamond wrote:
>> Maybe not, but when the 'effect' hit journalists in particular,
>> the book was pretty dated.
> Certainly. I would declare the book obsolete, except it still
> sells that 1 copy a month. And what would we do with the 3000
> unsold copies?
I know. But I regularly meet people who are excited to hear that
there was an attempt to popularize it, way ahead of the curve.
>> I disagree strongly, at least to the significant anecdotal stuff
>> I know directly and indirectly.
> I'm delighted to hear that.
MWL: you were ahead of the curve. You saw the need for email
encryption, and more importantly, in making it easier to get into
other peoples' hands. If encryption is used, it need to have
widespread usage, or it becomes a suspicious anomaly. We've discussed
many times before.
The issue was less about details around the book as much as larger
objective things. You can make it easier to encrypt emails and files
with GPG/PGP, but you can't shift public opinion on any scale to use
Mr. Snowden did that for you, and journalists, dissidents, etc., are
the first ones to grasp it. If you're a lawyer who read about how
"Five Eyes" surveillance broke "client-attorney privilege" as a
Chicago-based law firm was enlisted by the Indonesian government
against a tobacco company, using PGP doesn't sound like less of an
insurmountable mountain to climb. And that government level
surveillance was used for industrial espionage also.
If that book was republished today with an overhaul of content, I know
the sales would be significantly larger.
MWL: you're like the Tesla of teaching GPG!
We were always the one UG in NYC without key signings... maybe it's time?
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