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Re: Verifiable Claims Telecon Minutes for 2016-11-08

From: Steven Rowat <steven_rowat@sunshine.net>
Date: Thu, 10 Nov 2016 12:43:42 -0800
To: public-credentials@w3.org, Manu Sporny <msporny@digitalbazaar.com>
Message-ID: <a57191f6-a6aa-4161-47f0-ea3e5a06902a@sunshine.net>
On 11/9/16 1:43 PM, msporny@digitalbazaar.com wrote:
>   1. Gathering More Use Case Data
...> Richard Varn:  Who can give information on new use cases
>   required?

 From this transcript I've concluded that you currently have a narrow 
need for specific types, and especially no 'blue sky' use cases.

I ask because a use case has come into focus in my head around the 
U.S. election; but I'm assuming it wouldn't be useful here because the 
amount of development work required probably renders it 'blue sky' to 
your prospective readers at the W3C.

However, I think it's an interesting one personally, so I'll outline 
it so you'll see what I mean.

"It's November 6th 2016, two days prior to the US election, and a 
well-known novelist, let's call her A.J., wants to publish a 
2,000-word piece outlining her comprehensive reasoning why one should 
not vote for Donald Trump. She publishes on the Guardian site, but 
afterwards is unhappy with this for several reasons: the site has an 
obvious political bias which she doesn't want to be associated with; 
it uses advertising, which she feels detracts from her message; it 
pays less than she feels the piece is worth (but as much as any other 
in a declining journalistic market); and is currently running add-ons 
at the end of pieces (including hers) that plead with readers to 
become subscribers and speaks about its 'declining business model'. 
Surely there's a better way? And her message feels diluted.

"She's aware of blockchain and permissioned ledger technologies, and 
after some investigation sees that she could, in theory, use Evernym 
for her identification (of herself) and LBRY to deliver the content. 
She could set her own price, and since her name is already a 
well-known one for millions of readers, it's likely that she would 
have a large readership, and in future possibly bigger than at the 
Guardian. And her recent story, with her 2,000 words, would have been 
purely what she intended and therefore probably more effective in its 
message. Maybe it would have had more influence in the election.

"But to achieve this, some standard of something like Verifiable 
Claims would have to be available for Evernym to prove who she is to 
LBRY, and for the financial transactions to occur. She's not a coder, 
so she can't do this herself. She hopes they get it done soon."

Steven Rowat
Received on Thursday, 10 November 2016 20:44:10 UTC

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