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Author Topic: Payment protocol and alternatives to SSL - convergence/notaries  (Read 597 times)
benjyz
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February 19, 2014, 09:53:43 AM
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2 years ago an expert in SSL security - Moxie Marlinspike -  proposed an alternative to CA's - notaries, a kind of reversed certificate authority. the project is called convergence. It hasn't taken off yet, but the idea is very much worth pondering.

https://github.com/moxie0/Convergence

defcon talk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDmj_xe7EIQ

Discussion with Whitefield Diffie:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lt7uW6vDk00

Contrary to the beliefs of some bitcoin core developers I think CA's are thoroughly broken, and the use of them makes bitcoin worse, not better. SSL was a quick hack by a netscape engineer 20 years ago.
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