My alma mater is setting up "lifetime email accounts" for alumni. Which seems nice, and makes sense for them trying to get their message out with a connection directly to alumni.

I'm surprised that email accounts haven't become more of a thing with most people having a mail client that will combine multiple accounts (their phone).

Imagine if your doctor gave you an account where you could send/receive messages. If they never left the server and used secure protocols to connect it'd work.

@ted Sorry, but I don't think your idea is very sound. The entire point of SMTP is that it is an open, standardized protocol allowing for decentralized messaging between autonomous systems. Security of communications can be facilitated without the need for centralization simply by ensuring messages are encrypted end-to-end.

Your proposal creates huge admin/user overhead and a problematic dependecy model on the technical accumen of every provider with whom you need to communicate.

Do not want.

@sean while I understand your point end-to-end encryption of email is basically non-existent in common usage today. The technology has been around for 30 years but never gotten significant adoption.

I think we're at the point of needing to remove that from the list of possible solutions.


@ted @sean

Case in point: Last time I mentioned we could use secure encryption and signatures for something, I was looked at in a very peculiar way. Apparently only evil people do that ... now everyone is back to pasting scans of hand-written signatures into documents and calling it "signed digitally".

Duude, what's wrong with these people?

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