>On Thu, 3 Apr 1997, Jeff Cochrane wrote:
>> When an IMF official sends an email criticizing (or praising) a
>> local government, or sends data about the inner workings and
>> potential shortcomings of the local national finance ministry, they
>> want assurance that their mail is on a secure line. That's hard to
>> obtain through a local ISP. If an ISP can help the IMF and others
>> resolve that problem, they might attract their business.
The following is what I think about the above statement:
-----BEGIN PGP MESSAGE-----
Version: 2.6.2, by FileCrypt 1.0
-----END PGP MESSAGE-----
It is encrypted with my public PGP key, which is available on
many keyservers. That means it can only be decryted with my
If it is good enough for INTERNIC and the Chaos Computer Club :-)-O
it's good enough for me.
>Also, your point is well taken that dedicated lines can be required for
>purposes other than Internet traffic. This does not negate the usefulness
>of supporting local ISPs by using their services for non-sensitive
>traffic. The financial resources involved are small by big organisation
>standards but significant for the ISPs.
UN regulations stipulate that local ISPs may be used. I have read them
from three different agencies.
>Moreover, it may be just as easy to ensure a high degree of security by
>concentrating on the data itself rather than the conduit; a setup where
>messages are routinely encrypted, or where sensitive messages are
>encrypted for example, could allow an organisation to support local
>providers while maintaining control over its own information.
There is a big difference between sensitive data and classified data.
Classification is a legal instrument requiring government clearance
to access. Eg to apply to USAID's ads posted to this list you need
to be clearable up to SECRET.
Sensitive data is data that the sender and/or recipient doesn't
*WANT* to be published.
IMF can not classify data.
All decent mailers have PGP support and if you use it on a workstation
not accessible from the outside (Windows, W95 or Mac) and/or with the
keyring on a floppy mounted only when used you don't have to worry
No, it's just that the IMF likes white elefants...
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