[RC5] New distributed computing idea

Richard Lee King Jr. eunuch57 at worldnet.att.net
Mon Nov 15 16:23:31 EST 1999

this project won't work.
some of us are in countries where a dissenting email will land them in jail.

----- Original Message -----
From: Greg Andrews <duck1 at ecn.ab.ca>
To: <rc5 at lists.distributed.net>
Sent: Friday, November 12, 1999 5:55 PM
Subject: [RC5] New distributed computing idea

> Hey everybody...  I request simply that you ask yourself one question:
>                            Could we do this?
> I believe I have found one of the largest and oldest distributed
> goals.  It's nothing mathematical and has nothing to do with encryption.
> It's human rights.  Since the dawn of politics, people have gotten
> as a group to protest human rights.  That is much similar to what we are
> doing in RC5-64, we are uniting as a group to solve a common goal.
> This all occurred to me today, when an acquaintance of mine was
> writing letters for Amnesty International, a group to which he belongs.
> Canada, Amnesty members receive a newsletter on a monthly (or so) basis.
> The newsletter details a few cases of human rights injustice, and who
> (usually politicians) you can send letters/faxes/emails to.  My Father has
> a basic template he uses for his letters, and just changes the names,
> topics, etc..  He then faxes the letters from his he computer, or mails
> them if no fax exists.  He usually refrains from email because A) He
> believes email can be "too easily deleted" and B) email really isn't his
> thing.
> This whole thing works well, and has actually changed many minds
> for the better.
> It works, and some would say that if something works, don't try to
> fix it.  But I asked myself: isn't there a better way?  Couldn't this be
> automated?  I believe there is.
> Imagine a user downloading a client program, like any other
> distributed computing application, but this is much different.  It checks
> server, which lists cases of human rights injustices, along with the
> addresses/fax numbers/emails.  You either type your own letter, or let the
> computer make one for you out of a template, just changing names, return
> addresses, topics, etc..  Then the client either emails (via the net),
> faxes (via a fax modem), or prints it off for mailing.  Best of all, it
> doesn't matter if you have a lowly 486, because it wouldn't matter if you
> could do 300k K/s.
> I realize this is a pretty "out on a limb" idea, and is nothing
> like any other distributed computing application.  Think about this for a
> second: what is more beneficial to the human race, ending human rights
> violations, or finding some prime number or golomb ruler?  Really, how
> finding better encryption help the world?  Better encryption helps us hide
> things from each other better.  Is this what we want?  Also, a project
> this could never end, until the world broke down it's financial,
> and religious boundaries to unite for the common good of mankind.
> A project as described would require the following:
> -Co-operation from a human rights group (which shouldn't be hard to find)
> -A Server (d.net?)
> -Web space (not a problem, d.net maybe?)
> -Programmers
> -A stats server? (It could track the number of letters/faxes/emails or
> something)
> To d.net:  imagine the publicity.  SETI at home had lots of publicity,
> and it's at over 1M users.  RC5 is at approx. 200k users.
> We can calculate primes, golomb rulers and crack encryption 'til we
> turn blue, but can we really help people?
> Greg Andrews
> distributed computing visionary and
> volunteer for the job of project coordinator (?)
> duck1 at ecn.ab.ca
> ICQ 32517996
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