1993-09-21 - Why RSA?

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From: derek@cs.wisc.edu (Derek Zahn)
To: cypherpunks@toad.com
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UTC Datetime: 1993-09-21 19:02:39 UTC
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From: derek@cs.wisc.edu (Derek Zahn)
Date: Tue, 21 Sep 93 12:02:39 PDT
To: cypherpunks@toad.com
Subject: Why RSA?
Message-ID: <9309211900.AA15359@lynx.cs.wisc.edu>
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Is there some reason that we shouldn't pick a different
public key encryption algorithm than RSA to use as a
freely-available standard?  The PGP docs imply that "almost"
all practical such schemes are patented, implying that
some are not.

The legitimacy problems of PGP are a major roadblock to
widespread use of encryption, IMO.  Let's get something
in the public domain!