1997-07-18 - Re: Censorware Summit Take II, from The Netly News

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From: Lucky Green <shamrock@netcom.com>
To: “William H. Geiger III” <whgiii@amaranth.com>
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From: Lucky Green <shamrock@netcom.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 1997 11:11:20 +0800
To: "William H. Geiger III" <whgiii@amaranth.com>
Subject: Re: Censorware Summit Take II, from The Netly News
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At 08:40 PM 7/17/97 -0400, William H. Geiger III wrote:
>I think that several of us need to get together with the authors of Lynx
>and produce a GNU secure webbrowser and take on these SOB's.

Nothing wrong with releasing a GNU browser, but you will find it difficult
to impossible to match the features of a modern browser such as
Communicator and MSIE. Some may be happy with Lynx. Myself and most
consumers will stick with Communicator and MSIE.

>The "Net" will not be safe as long as N$ is allowed to do whatever they

The Net would be considerably safer if Netscape and others would be allowed
to do as they please. Unfortunately, export laws are a reality and Netscape
and Microsoft do what they can to bring strong crypto to as many people as
possible without ending up in jail. My posts on this topic should not be
taken as bashing these software vendors for attempting to make their
products available to a larger number of customers. I certainly do not
question the integrity of people such as Tom Weinstein who have worked hard
to make the best of a shitty situation. A situation they did not create.
[That questionable honor goes to the USG].

I merely question the wisdom to rely on a solution that can be disabled at
any time, for any reason, or no reason at all, by a party outside your
company simply by revoking a single cert. One should not make one's fate
subject to the future whim of a third party.


--Lucky Green <shamrock@netcom.com>
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