Protocol Governance: The Elite, or the Mob? (Transcript of Discussion)

  • Ross Anderson
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7622)


The topic that I suggested when we were asked for abstracts and talk titles back in January was “Protocol governance: the elite, or the mob?”. And sustainability is very fashionable these days so let’s ask ourselves whether protocols are sustainable. We’ve had one or two comments from previous speakers that all protocols tend towards failure because of environmental changes. I agree with that entirely. We’ve been discussing for over a year now in various fora why the CA infrastructure is so broken; there was a wonderful panel at financial crypto last year with a chap from Mozilla having to defend himself against a room full of annoyed people. Why is it that security APIs are almost unfixable? Some of us have looked at that a lot at Cambridge.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ross Anderson
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  1. 1.University of CambridgeUK

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