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Like Namecoin is intended to replace / augment DNS, can the Bitcoin principles / protocol be extended to support a distributed "trust" mechanism, in a way that no central authority will need to be trusted in order to verify public key authenticity?

This post is inspired by the recent hack of a Certificate Authority.

Clarification - I don't mean for this technology to be integrated within the main client or blockchain, just for the underlying technology to be used.

Like Namecoin is intended to replace / augment DNS, can the Bitcoin principles / protocol be extended to support a distributed "trust" mechanism, in a way that no central authority will need to be trusted in order to verify public key authenticity?

This post is inspired by the recent hack of a Certificate Authority.

Like Namecoin is intended to replace / augment DNS, can the Bitcoin principles / protocol be extended to support a distributed "trust" mechanism, in a way that no central authority will need to be trusted in order to verify public key authenticity?

This post is inspired by the recent hack of a Certificate Authority.

Clarification - I don't mean for this technology to be integrated within the main client or blockchain, just for the underlying technology to be used.

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Can Bitcoin technology be extendedleveraged to implement a decentralized trust system (i.e. a replacement to SSL)?

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