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[liberationtech] Announcing a privacy preserving authentication protocol

Guido Witmond guido at
Tue Mar 12 14:08:56 PDT 2013

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I've long disliked the direction the internet headed with regards to 
privacy. Or it's total disregard of it.

I've come up with a novel architecture of existing old and recent 
cryptographic tools that offers a substantial improvement in security 
and privacy. I call it Eccentric Authentication.

Unlike the current CA-system that requires people to trust them to gain 
security, my protocol turns that upside down. Security is what the 
protocol provides. Trust is what people gain by using the system.

The protocol is mostly compatible with the current internet as we know 
it. And it prevents most phishing attacks for free.

I have the hope that this protocol can shift the balance of security and 
privacy a bit back towards the people.

I've written a technical description at [1]. I hope it makes things a 
bit clear. Feel free to comment.

With regards. Guido Witmond.


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