September 12, 2005

Public Call for Skype to Release Specifications

Greetings. As I noted in a recent IP posting, eBay's purchase of the popular Skype VoIP service (now official) leads to new concerns over the proprietary nature of Skype's security and encryption systems, which will now be under the control of an extremely large and powerful corporate entity.

For eBay and Skype to have a chance of maintaining the goodwill and trust of Skype users, I call on Skype to forthwith release the specifications and implementation details of Skype's encryption and related technologies.

This disclosure should ideally be made to the public, but at a minimum to an independent panel of respected security, privacy, and encryption experts, who can rigorously vet the Skype technology and make a public report regarding its security, reliability, and associated issues.


Posted by Lauren at September 12, 2005 10:40 AM | Permalink
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