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[ga] Registration process suggestion
There are two problems extant.
1) Aliasing and masquerading, usurping someone else's email identity.
2) Multiple identities for the same individual.
The first one is easily automatable.
a) Voter registration system has PK set
b) Voter registration system *is* a voter CA.
1) Voter generates/obtains x.509 key set (see your local CA)
2) Voter submits registration form along with public key and CRL.
3) System return, via email, voter CA certificate.
All further email, both ways must be signed, after this point, including ALL
discussion list submissions. Those not signed or failing certification do
not get posted.
The second one is more difficult. There is no way that I can see, where we
can automate this. A human MUST be involved in the registration process to
investigate any possible duplicates. It is altogether too easy, for those of
us whom are our own ISP, to generate multiple identities. Also, there are
those who use AOL, Hotmail, Juno, and other free email accounts, often
multiple times. Not to mention the separate business and personal email
identities that almost all of us HAVE to have, in order to abide by
corporate mail usage policies.
A naive system would simply ask for all known email addresses at the time of
registration and have some sort of updating mechanism. However, there is
that dishonorable 1% that would abuse such a naive system, simply because
they can. We already have clear examples of that.
A bright note here is that I just finished dealing with this problem on a
user profiling system for a LARGE web-site, using BroadVision's profiling
mechanism, under Solaris v2.6. It is not a 100% solution, but it covers a
lot of the required ground. The problem is that a BV license is >$100K. If
you don't think that marketing orgs worry about multiple entries in their
demographics data, you are wrong.