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Comment Re:Because sabotage (Score 1) 9

You're missing the point.

Any coordinated attempt to establish a secure industry standard which has no backdoors or intentional weaknesses will be subject to infiltration and sabotage efforts. It doesn't matter what technology is involved.

That's not to say it's impossible in the future, but it does explain why it hasn't been done yet.r />

Comment Re:Refuse the search? (Score 4, Interesting) 923

What happens when these people refuse to answer questions or allow a search of their home?

Those people will turn out to be <adjective>-wing domestic terrorists, who were also <group which is politically acceptible to revile>. When the police arrived for a routine investigation the terrorists shot their own dogs and then comitted suicide by shooting themselves in the back on their heads. Twice.

At least, that's what will happen as far as you'll be told.

Comment Re:Personal encryption tools need a UX overhaul ba (Score 1) 393

Someone else here said that encrypted data can put you on TLA watchlists. We're just trying to be safer and protect our friends, but doing all this within the USA is counterproductive even if they can't decrypt our random stuff --metadata is bad enough.

Due to the nature of bueracracies I expect the set of people who are not on a watchlist to rapidly shrink until it's empty.

Comment Re:Personal encryption tools need a UX overhaul ba (Score 1) 393

You're never going to bring masses to a new platform in order to get privacy. You've got to bring the privacy to them. Making it possible and easy for users to encrypt their messages does not protect metadata, but it's a significant improvement over the status quo. It will have a larger positive effect than asking users to abandon email for an entirely new platform - the network effect ensures that.

Comment Re:Personal encryption tools need a UX overhaul ba (Score 1) 393

I didn't watch your tutorial, but I found installing PGP virtually trivial. It was a matter of running it, and pressing "return" a few times to accept the default key sizes and such. That was it. If, as a population, we've reached the point where doing that is considered "hard", then I weep for our species.

Please tell me you're not a software developer.

If you think the problem to be solved is as simple as making it easy for users to install PGP and create a keypair, you're like a contractor who pours a foundation and then declares he's just completed a skyscraper.

Comment Personal encryption tools need a UX overhaul badly (Score 5, Informative) 393

I made a tutorial designed to help non tech-savvy people set up usable email encryption and even with the best narrator and script it's still terrible.

There are way too many steps involved, and in spite of how radically the usability has improved over the last decade or so it's still not at all user friendly. Default values are set poorly; things that should be completely automated and happen transparently in the background, like keyserver operations, require manual intervention.

It's almost enough to make me suspect a consipracy to keep these tools out of the reach of the average user, but realistically I suspect (unproductive) laziness combine with a lack of empathy for non-experts is the real culprit.

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