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Re: Cypherpunk trends & visions
I have a shorter-term focus than Nick's proposals for digital coupons
and cash. Here's what would be on my cypherpunks wish list:
Improved remailers: The ability to handle reply messages; the ability to
register pseudonyms of the user's choice, which get mapped to
a user-supplied encrypted remailing block (this is Eric Hughes'
model); true Chaumian "mix" functionality, with message batching
so that in-to-out mapping is lost, including message padding
so all messages are the same size.
Remailer standards: An ad hoc assertion of standard remailer commands
which all our different implementations will support. We could
have a SIG just to discuss this. I don't think it would take long.
Remailer proliferation: Build remailer software into some widely used
mail packages like elm, metamail (which provides MIME support),
Digital cash: We badly need some implementation to start playing with;
some net-based game which uses the digital cash. Digital postage
stamps for the remailers.
DH: I'd like to see more DH-based comm software so I can log in from
home to my work or school computer and have an encrypted link. I
know we have a version for the Amiga; I'd like to see it for PC.
I'd also like to see an email program which used DH so that
there would be no danger of coerced key exposure.
Cryptophones: PC/Soundblaster or Mac based encrypted comm software using
14.4 Kbaud modems.
This is a fairly daunting list, of course, but perhaps we should re-orient
ourselves to be a working group more than a debating group. Split off
sub-groups, get people to volunteer for each one, put one person in charge,
have him make weekly or monthly reports to the main group.