Bonding the Anonymous
This may sound like a joke but I think that
there are variations of this idea that solve real problems.
Suppose that various official and well known unofficial certificate
authorities (CAs) decide to issue pseudonymous certificates (PCs) under
the following rules:
Another part of the scheme is the SOB data bases of certificates of SOBs
maintained by various people and organizations.
- A masked man walks into the CA office and presents a $50 bill and a public
The CA issues a PC identifying PK, the amount and the issuer.
- The $50 is burned.
- The issued cert specifies that the cert cost $50.
The purpose is to bootstrap reputations.
The purpose of the data base is to collect reports of defections.
It is vaguely like a bank spending money to build impressive offices.
It convinces potential depositors that the bank will probably still be
there next month.