>I think that's key, and it's what I advise even small organizations
>that are concerned about the security of their email. So if ISPs can
>offer products and services to provide security in this fashion in a
>package that the major organizations can easily adapt, they'll get
There are PGP plugins for almost all mail packages under the sun.
>But suppose ZAMNeT wants to do that. It can't just propose a
>solution for IMF Zambia without proposing one for all of the IMF's
>offices. So an integrated solution has to come from the top. But
>the folks at the top see an Africa with a myriad of systems and can't
>afford the expense of developing an integrated secure system that can
>be adapted to the special circumstances in each country. A
>heterogeneous amalgamation of systems is one that is in general very
>difficult (and expensive) to secure.
There is POP-2, POP-3 and IMAP, POP-3 being the most common, supported
by virtually every ISP under the sun. If you are using WIndows95 it
has Mail&News. There you go.
>It's not all gloom here. I see local USAID missions, for example,
>continuing to rely on a centralized system for secure email, but
>not relying on a centralized system for their local web sites.
>USAID South Africa could easily put their web site on a server in
>Washington, thereby making it accessible anywhere in Africa. But
>instead they're looking to put it on a server in South Africa. At
>the local level, for local purposes, they are purchasing local
>services. I think that's good.
USAID Namibia runs on mathew.usaid.org.na which is live but they
haven't got httpd up (yet).