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[liberationtech] Asyncronous secure messaging (Email): Why reinvent the wheel?

Edwin Chu edwincheese at
Sat Nov 9 09:25:10 PST 2013

Why is it better to limit our innovation to the existing standards when
creating the nonexistent secure messaging system? Sometimes we could
improve security of a system by adding layers to it, like HTTPS and ZRTP;
sometimes hacking on a legacy protocol isn't good enough and we create new
things. After all, even we just add a new layer to existing standards, we
are creating new standards. While resemblance to existing protocol may
boost software adoption, I don't see it is wrong to design a new protocol
(having it based on existing one or not) and then make it a de
facto/official standard.


On Sat, Nov 9, 2013 at 12:56 AM, M. Fioretti <mfioretti at> wrote:

> On Sat, Nov 09, 2013 09:37:27 AM +0100, Fabio Pietrosanti (naif) wrote:
> > All initiatiatives are trying to setup some new technological
> > infrastructure, some new communication or encryption protocol.
> >
> > We MUST USE THE INTERNET STANDARDS, with modifications here and there,
> > improving them, in order to reach our goal in securing asyncronous
> > communications methods commonly referred as "Email".
> >
> > While i appreciate all of those cryptographer trying to do something
> > new, i must say that THIS IS THE WRONG WAY!
> >
> +100 :-) THANKS Fabio!
> Agree word by word with the whole message!
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