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Re: [Taler] GSOC 2020 - GNU applied as a mentoring organization

From: Christian Grothoff
Subject: Re: [Taler] GSOC 2020 - GNU applied as a mentoring organization
Date: Sat, 8 Feb 2020 11:03:00 +0100
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Hi M-San,

Our plan is to add support for Taler and this kind of payment into pEp
(see https://pep.foundation/).  However, given that this only makes
sense once pEp itself is reasonably available *and* Taler is operational
(i.e. bank integration done, regulatory approval, etc.), I'm not sure
that coding on this makes sense today.

However, writing a *good* (RFC-style) specification (how the payment
information is attached to the e-mail, encoded, processed, and how both
sides know that the other supports payments, or requires a payment
(anti-spam case)) would be a good starting point.

So that's not exactly GSoC, but would be a welcome contribution
(I'm sure for both pEp and Taler).

Happy hacking!


On 2/8/20 10:52 AM, M-San wrote:
> Dear Christian,
> Am Donnerstag, den 30.01.2020, 00:04 +0100 schrieb Christian Grothoff:
>> Dear all,
>> As you can see below, GNU is again trying to participate in GSOC
>> 2020.
>> While we cannot say whether GNU will be accepted by Google, we should
>> start to collect ideas for student projects.
>> If you have an idea you would be interested in pursuing (as mentor or
>> as student), please respond to this thread. Also, students that would
>> like to participate should also either contact Florian or me, or
>> introduce themselves here.
> The Idea is not mine, but I would like to see this (and mentioned it at
> the Taler-Meeting in January):
> E-mail-messages have a Taler attached and the recipient refunds this
> Taler if he deems the e-mail worth that amount. 
> There should be a user-friedly way to do this to get this accepted
> as widely as possible. The recipient should be able to automate this
> process for senders he wants to receive e-mail from
> MUAs should be able to filter e-mails wether there is a Taler or not.
> Organisations that should read their e-mails (Adminstrations,
> Government, Police, Justice) should automatically refund the Taler.
> This should make spamming expensive.
> Hm.
> I am not a student and most unlikely qualify as a mentor organisation.
> How can I help?
> Greetings,

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