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Re: public key service

  • From: Michael Shields
  • Date: Tue Jun 27 13:44:53 2000

In article <[email protected]>,
Shawn McMahon <[email protected]> wrote:
> I'm going to try to keep this operational, but it's hard because you're
> going to find that support for making a robust keyserver network hinges upon
> people agreeing that such a service is needed, and many PGP users are going
> to tell you that such a keyserver violates the PGP trust model.

The Internet is full of successful services that many people think are
unnecessary, half-baked, or even detrimental.  It is not required that
there be a consensus of user base that a service is beneficial, only
that the actual user base be large enough -- even if that is a small
subset of potential user base, and even if many users are opposed.
The presence of 1M keys on the existing servers despite their low
level of reliability and performance does seem to indicate demand.