Personal certs

Adrian Midgley amidgley at
Wed Jan 27 15:36:17 GMT 2016

They could hold a series of assertions, that I Dr A know Dr B and this is
his key, and so on.

All the agencies do seem to distrust each other, as well as all previous
versions of their agency, leading to the possession of a lot of bits of

Me, I distrust all of them.

On Wed, 27 Jan 2016, 16:33 Graham Cobb <g+ukcrypto at> wrote:

> On 26/01/16 18:01, Nicholas Bohm wrote:
> > What these bodies can certainly do is assert "There is a solicitor
> > [doctor/surgeon/etc] on our register with address [etc]."  What they
> > find much harder is to assert "The person you are dealing with is the
> > same person as the one to whom the foregoing assertion applies."
> >
> > They are naturally concerned about the risks of making the first
> > assertion and being understood to have made the second,
> Well, I hope they are all prioritising solving that problem!!  As they
> have a (legally and socially recognised) function to register their
> practitioners they need to do it in a way that conveys useful
> information to the consumers of those services.
> As their practitioners move online, and join social networks, the first
> assertion becomes irrelevant and only the second is useful.  If the
> existing professional bodies can't solve it, someone else will have to
> and will assume their powers.
> A professional "register" in this day and age does not list names and
> addresses, it lists public signing keys.
> Graham
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