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Re: Debian GNU/Linux in a Human Rights environment?

On Sat, 18 Aug 2001 07:45:45 Peter Palfrader wrote:
> On Thu, 16 Aug 2001, Henrique de Moraes Holschuh wrote:
> > > - There should exist the possibility to send "anonymous" email. This
> mail 
> > > should be untraceable to protect the sender to the untomst extent.
> > 
> > You'll probably need to deploy a chain of suitable email hubs that
> anonymize
> > email for your own use; I doubt you'll be able to trust them otherwise.
> But
> > otherwise, yes, this is doable.
> Using mixmaster remailers provides good security if used correctly and
> the public remailers can be trusted.

	I have to agree with the use of Mixmaster.  I've used it myself in
the past and have found it easy to both set up and use.  There is a problem
with Mixmaster being non-free.  The source is free but it uses the IDEA
algorithm which is patented.  The patent on IDEA doesn't expire until 2007
I think.  Perhaps an avenue to check would be to ask the patent holder if
they would allow IDEA to be used freely in a human rights environment. 
Couldn't hurt to try.  Would this satisfy the requirements for inclusion
under free software in Debian?  

techt <techt@pikeonline.net>
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