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[liberationtech] Guardian reporter delayed e-mailing NSA source because crypto is a pain

The Doctor drwho at
Wed Jun 12 08:54:56 PDT 2013

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On 06/12/2013 04:53 AM, Paul Bernal (LAW) wrote:
> This all rings very true for me: I'm a legal academic, and barely a
> geek, and in reality I barely ever use crypto. I was at the Privacy
> Law Scholars
> in Berkeley last week when the PRISM story broke, and we had a
special session
> at the end of the conference to talk about what we knew - and
someone asked
> about 'user-friendly crypto' and there was a kind of laugh/cheer
around the room.
> Everyone knows we want it, no-one believes it's there.

All of this said, I have a few questions.

First, why are the two mouse clicks required to run the Tor Browser
Bundle considered to onerous to use by many people?

Seriously.  I get this a lot.  They won't use it because it takes two
mouse clicks.

Why has nobody given GPGtools for MacOSX ( a
spin, commented on its UI, and made suggestions to the project?  Five
mouseclicks and a bit of typing and a keypair is generated and
uploaded to the keyserver network.  It even plugs into Mail.App and
adds a button to encrypt outbound mail.

Or GPG4win ( for that matter - nine mouseclicks
and you have a public keypair.  It even plugs into MS Lookout (I know,
I know.. the idea brings the gorge to the back of my throat as well,
but people still use it).  Where are the UI critiques and suggestions
for improvement?  All I see is "Crypto is too hard."

Enigmail plugs into Thunderbird and has a keypair generation wizard.
I haven't used it but it's there

For crying out loud, what will it take?  Baking this stuff into
MovieOS?  True AGI doing it completely transparently for us?

Developing software is hard, and it's not done in a vacuum.
Developers need feedback from the users so we know what we are or are
not doing correctly so we can fix it.  "Crypto is too hard," helps nobody.

- -- 
The Doctor [412/724/301/703] [ZS]
Developer, Project Byzantium:

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