[kwlug-disc] Interested in a presentation about Privacy?

Shane shane.msg at gmail.com
Mon Apr 26 21:39:51 EDT 2010


I may be one of those odd people.  The name I use I was not given at birth as the government screwed up and registered me with the wrong name. 

You can actually, at least in Ontario, use whatever name you choose as long as you are willing to put up with the attendant garbage and do not use it for illegal purposes.  I have been using my assumed name since I was 18 and I can assure you that I am older than that now. 
================It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog.

-----Original Message-----
From: Chris Frey <cdfrey at foursquare.net>
Date: Mon, 26 Apr 2010 21:34:15 
To: KWLUG discussion<kwlug-disc at kwlug.org>
Subject: Re: [kwlug-disc] Interested in a presentation about Privacy?

On Mon, Apr 26, 2010 at 09:03:48PM -0400, R. Brent Clements wrote:
> But how many of your friends do you really know enough to vouch for
> their identity. I knew a guy for 15 years--a childhood friend--under
> the wrong name. I consider many in the LUG to be my friends, but I
> can't vouch for anything more than the info they have verbally shared
> in casual conversation.

True, but most of the time, even if I know the person under the wrong
name, if he's a friend, I'd want to contact him using the information
he gave me.  It's the identity I know him as, not some other abstract
identity.

If I've met a person as Mr. Smith, and know I can contact him at
mrsmith at gmail.com, and received his GPG fingerprint in person, then I
can vouch that others can also contact Mr. Smith at mrsmith at gmail.com
and reach the same person I've met.

If Mr. Smith also talks to people as Miss Violet, I don't really care.
And if the government knows him as Mr. Laden, I wouldn't know that either.

My signature is to reinforce the Mr. Smith identity, not to prove there
are no others.

- Chris


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