[Standards-JIG] Re: The Great Encryption Debate

Nolan Eakins sneakin at semanticgap.com
Wed Aug 3 07:40:57 UTC 2005

Peter Saint-Andre wrote:
> So I propose that we initiate "The Great Encryption Debate". Any and all 
> proposals are on the table. Let's publish Justin's "Secure Stanzas" 
> proposal. Let's publish a proposal based on W3C XML Encryption and XML 
> Signature [4] if someone wants to write such a proposal. Let's debate 
> the merits of RFC 3923 and JEP-0027. Let's talk about the Off-the-Record 
> Communications (OTR) plugin for Gaim. [5] Let's discuss JEP-0116. [6] 
> But let's not just talk, let's also implement. (I apologize in advance 
> for the fact that I'm not a good coder, but I'll try to help if I can.)

Had to give some context, but I have a feeling this will only be about 
stanza level encryption. We must not forget file transfers, socks5 byte 
streams, a future VoIP protocol, etc. All of these should use the same 

Remember this is crypto, so don your tin foil hats while thinking about 
this. I don't want to see proprietary or secret information leaking out 
through a file transfer or conference call just because we weren't noid 

And this MUST be usable by Aunt Tilly too because she'll want to pay for 
her Times' news feed through a data form.

- Nolan

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