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

R.R. D. rdohm321 at
Sat Nov 9 09:49:23 PST 2013

Fabio, Edwin, what about a hybrid option?
it supports IMAP email (could be extended with PGP) and secure p2p Email,
so the postbox is your (third) email partner.
But as you read, others are as well not comfortable with a hybridity with

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From: Edwin Chu <edwincheese at>

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.

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