Re: electronically detecting tampering

From: David Mertz <voting-project_at_gnosis_dot_cx>
Date: Thu Nov 27 2003 - 12:08:02 CST

Amit Sahai <sahai@CS.Princeton.EDU> wrote:
|This is a great start. I would suggest one thing -- if using e-mail to
|add to our "security database", please take the time to ADD your points to
|previously stated ones. Ideally, we should have one evolving document.
|David, could you re-post your message merged with Clay's concerns?

I did as you suggest--i.e. those points or sub-points I added are
strictly intermixed with the full text of Clay's concerns.

However, going forward, it probably does make sense to set up a Wiki, or
similar system, for such a shared document. If the document gets longer
than just the outline--for example, explanations, links, footnotes, etc.
associated with each point--it becomes awkward to continuously forward
the modified version. Not so much because of the document size, but
simply because it is easy to miss what got changed.

I have never setup a Wiki myself, nor have I used any more than very
passingly. But this -is- exactly the relevant technology; each person
can make changes to a common document. I know there are also ways to
lock certain content and/or restrict modification permissions, but I
don't know anything about details of that.

If someone else on the "security sub-group" has Wiki experience, I will
certainly defer to them. But otherwise, I guess I volunteer to figuring
out how to create a Wiki at the same host where I keep the mailing list

Yours, David...

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underdeveloped; and putting advocates of freedom in prisons.  Intellectual
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