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Authentication using nym (fwd)

Discussion of the proposal will, I assume, happen at the link below. The text of the proposal itself is here:



---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Wed, 30 Nov 2005 11:08:17 +0000 (UTC)
From: Jason Holt <jason@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: wikipedia-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Authentication using nym

I just added this proposal: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Village_pump_%28proposals%29#Privacy_protecting_authentication_via_nym

I assume that's the best place to discuss it, but if it's more appropriate for this list, let me know and I can redirect.

==Executive summary==

* I've built a software package called nym which could be used to allow users of anonymizing networks and shared-IP networks like schools to edit Wikipedia. Privacy would be preserved, yet admins would still be able to block IPs of vandals.

* The software includes patches to WikiMedia, which I have submitted to MediaWiki's patch-review system.

* Wikipedia needs to decide whether to accept my proposal and patches. The patches are small and easy to implement; mainly it's a question of whether the admins are willing to try it out.