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Eric Mill [LibreList] Re: [redecentralize] Spring of User Experience 2014-02-28 13:21:29 (6 years 5 mons 8 days 02:25:00 ago)
On Fri, Feb 28, 2014 at 1:00 PM, Adam Ierymenko <adam.ierymenko@zerotier.com> wrote:
Most programmers don't realize the immense importance of user experience. It's the entire reason for Apple's success, for example... OSX was not technically superior to Linux in any way but it offers a vastly superior user experience.

Subjective (I find OS X a terrible user experience), but sure, for many that seems to clearly be the case.

That being said, there is often a tension between security and UX. Security is often accomplished through the erection of barriers, requiring the user to do extra steps. Good UX is often achieved through automation that involves trusting third parties or doing things the "easy" (insecure) way. But I don't think it has to be this way. In particular, I think cryptography offers many opportunities for using clever math and cryptographic transform composition to do things in a way that is both user-friendly and very secure. But it requires a deep understanding of crypto to get there.

Couldn't agree more. And as the leaders in this push the boundaries, and other people follow their lead, their ideas will hopefully trickle out more widely and become the best practices for tomorrow, that ship standard in support libs, etc.

Also, I just found this much more detailed demonstration of how Telegram's philosophy led it to make wildly insecure architectural decisions:

-- Eric

On Feb 27, 2014, at 12:20 PM, Francis Irving <francis@flourish.org> wrote:

Hi all!

Having interviewed many geeks, I now think the limiting factor in mass adoption is involvement of more design and user experience people in decentralization projects.

As I describe in the Gigaom article today, I also think designers are quite interested in this (post Snowden), and likely there are some who need good projects to help/start but don't know about this movement.

We are going to try and interview more people with that kind of background, who have done at least something tangible in this area.

Ideas I have:
Telegram - who does design stuff there?
Brennan from Mailpile - would it be good or weird for us to have a second interview of the same project, but on a different aspect?

Any other suggestions?


PS Unhosted interview to come out soon!