Trusted Persons

From: David Mertz <voting-project_at_gnosis_dot_cx>
Date: Sun Apr 10 2005 - 11:24:23 CDT

On Apr 10, 2005, at 11:45 AM, Arthur Keller wrote:
> I think that systems are trusted but that people are authorized. I've
> heard many times about trusted systems, but I've not frequently heard
> about trusted people.

Ron's definition of Trusted Entity, especially in the latest revisions,
quite accurately captures the well-established and well-known concept
of 'trust' in cryptography circles. I am unfamiliar with any such
precise concept called 'authority' or 'authorized'. For example:

   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Web_of_trust
   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trust

Wikipedia is not an "original" source, but it does very well reflect
knowledgeable consensus about most topics.

In any case, a majority of the cosigners have firmly--evenly
vehemently--endorsed the inclusion of this concept, and no cosigner has
objected. FWIW, had Arthur or Alan asked to sign, but only if we
removed the concept of Trust, I would far rather remove their
signatures than this extremely important concept. But it's moot, since
neither of them so asked.

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