[Cryptography] recommending ChaCha20 instead of RC4 (RC4 again)

James A. Donald jamesd at echeque.com
Sun Mar 16 00:33:57 EDT 2014

On Sat, 15 Mar 2014 16:31:05 ianG wrote:
> If people stop believing in institutions such as standards bodies,
> certification bodies, and governments, the question is, what or whom
> will they trust?  And what could actually deliver that trust?
> It seems that without a good answer to that, there isn't much point in
> choosing one technical approach versus another.

Trust individuals.

As I posted on this list previously:

Let us have Jon Callas as unelected president for life of symmetric
cryptography, Bernstein as God King of public key cryptography.

Recall the long succession of Wifi debacles.  Has any committee ever
done anything good in cryptography?

IEEE 802.11 was stupid.  If NIST  was not stupid, it was because evil
was calling the shots behind the scenes, overruling the stupid.

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