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Use-Cases - pseudo-anonymity examples

From: Steven Rowat <steven_rowat@sunshine.net>
Date: Tue, 1 Mar 2016 15:20:02 -0800
To: public-credentials@w3.org
Message-ID: <56D623A2.2000604@sunshine.net>
On 3/1/16 9:30 AM, msporny@digitalbazaar.com wrote:
> Manu Sporny:  Please send feedback on the mailing list, the
>    VCTF/Credentials CG/ or WPIG mailing list, whichever you have
>    access to.  ...[snip]...
> Manu Sporny:  So also feedback on the use cases.

+1 to Pseudo-Anonymity remaining as an "Essential" claim as now 
provided in the Use Cases document. I'd be very distressed if it was 
chopped for any reason. Glad to see it still there! :-)

But... in support of that: to get future readers of the document to 
agree on its importance, I believe the single scenario given (June 
going to buy a bottle of wine and not wishing to divulge anything 
other than age) doesn't adequately convey the scope of why this is 
essential, society-wide.

I'm thinking of the more specific 'protection from known danger' 
scenarios, such as: journalists reporting from countries that threaten 
them with death, scientists whistleblowing from corporate crime, 
novelists writing about their own dysfunctional social milieu.

Any of these scenarios may be of large value to the society, and to 
work best, or work at all in some cases, they require that we can 
identify the origin of the conveyed information as trustworthy without 
needing the originator to broadcast publicly their personal contact 
information.

June and the bottle doesn't convey those use-cases for me, although 
it's technically still a pseudo-anonymity. It's important also, but 
different. So I think we need at least one of each kind.


Steven Rowat
Received on Tuesday, 1 March 2016 23:20:35 UTC

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