1996-11-20 - Re: Anon

Header Data

From: Robert Hettinga <rah@shipwright.com>
To: cypherpunks@toad.com
Message Hash: 1b68efbcf87ed6dc3f50ba1971bbd603dd499cd2e6114340ad9e93cb44bd4f8e
Message ID: <v03007808aeb93101f7b7@[]>
Reply To: <v02140b03aeb905639c67@[]>
UTC Datetime: 1996-11-20 22:08:20 UTC
Raw Date: Wed, 20 Nov 1996 14:08:20 -0800 (PST)

Raw message

From: Robert Hettinga <rah@shipwright.com>
Date: Wed, 20 Nov 1996 14:08:20 -0800 (PST)
To: cypherpunks@toad.com
Subject: Re: Anon
In-Reply-To: <v02140b03aeb905639c67@[]>
Message-ID: <v03007808aeb93101f7b7@[]>
MIME-Version: 1.0
Content-Type: text/plain

At 2:06 pm -0500 11/20/96, Roderick Simpson wrote:
>Who has made the strongest case _against_ anonymity on the Net that you
>have ever heard? Someone intelligent and theoretical rather than trapped in
>some child porn or commerce pov.

Actually, the "commerce pov" will probably be the one which kills all
arguments for anonymity. digital bearer certificates, like digital cash,
are always going to be cheaper than book entries.

Bearer certificates are the ultimate economic argument for anonymity. We
just couldn't implement them until Chaum figured out how.

Bob Hettinga

Robert Hettinga (rah@shipwright.com)
e$, 44 Farquhar Street, Boston, MA 02131 USA
"The cost of anything is the foregone alternative" -- Walter Johnson
The e$ Home Page: http://www.vmeng.com/rah/