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Re: [Membership] Comments

James and all,

  James, yo ask some very good questions.  Let's see if I can help
to answer some of them.

James Seng wrote:

> At 12:14 AM 30-04-99 +0100, Jeff Williams wrote:
> >  First PGP is not a Digital certificate. PGP=pretty good protection. PKI
> >or Digital Certs, such as what verisign provides as a third party
> >Certificate Authority, is an example if you will of a Digital Certificate.
> >And I have used mine on this very mailing list on more than one occasion.
> >Review archives for more information.
> PGP = Pretty Good Privacy. And no, altho PGP is not Digital Certificate,
> they are based on the same concept technically. PGP just lack the public
> key manager that Digital Certificate provides. And PGP dont actually just
> do encryption, it does digitial signiature too.

  PGP=pretty good protection/privacy is not and cannot be a digital
certificate, and is not the same or similar technology as PKI Digital
Certificates. see www.rsa.com for more detail.  Not only that, you
are contradictory in your own statement in two different statements
in this same stanza/comment.  You might want to be more careful
in the future.  >;)

> >  FIguring out how to use one is not a problem, they are practically
> >intuitive.  Acquiring a Digital certificate is not all that difficult either
> >in most of the free world.  And in fact you can acquire one in China,
> >a communist country.
> Figuring out how to use one _is_ a problem.

Please outline what those problems are if you would?  To my knowledge,
as I have developed several interfaces for Digital certificates myself, I
believe that most if not all of the current documentation now available
on PKI and digital Certificates is available it some 19 different languages,
and available publicly.

> How much time and money are you
> going to invest to educate the people to know how to use it?

  I don't believe that there is much education needed or required for use of
a digital certificate in E-Mail voting for most current E-mailers.  You download
a cert into you browser or E-Mail client, attach it to you E-Mail voting
form and send it to the appropriate address.  Where is the education need in
I fail to see it myself.

> This brings me to the next point of notice, at this moment, membership to
> ICANN have an unwritten 'rule' that members must know English to
> participate. Are you going to claim "Figuring out how to read/write English
> is not a problem, they are practically taught at every school"?

  No, and this is something that the ICANN needs to address and quickly.
There are several software packages that are web based that will
provide this service for them available free currently.  Why the ICANN
has not availed themselves of this is certainly strange indeed for
an organization that is supposed to be global in it's scope.

> Take a look http://www.euromktg.com/globstats/ for the language
> distribution on the Internet. The Internet is no longer a global village of
> English-speaking or English-educated people. Thus, shouldnt ICANN have some
> plans to carter for these non-English speaking people if they wish to be
> truely globalised?

  Yes they certainly should.  See my comment above.

> -James Seng


Jeffrey A. Williams
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Information Network Eng. Group. INEG. INC.
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