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Re: Use case: Real People, not Real names

From: Timothy Holborn <timothy.holborn@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Nov 2016 17:37:44 +0000
Message-ID: <CAM1Sok0VcP8StLtTbL+c9q+=_bfWV49n14u=kFk1woEJ--85hA@mail.gmail.com>
To: Henry Story <henry.story@bblfish.net>, Credentials Community Group <public-credentials@w3.org>
Cc: Bryan Ford <brynosaurus@gmail.com>
anon is more than simply the userid.

I think a more comprehensive general understanding of these sorts of
realities might be helpful for understanding why its better to have a copy
of your own data, rather than believing 'it all goes away' or 'i have a
special userid, so they don't know who i am' (except for the mobile they
used to verify the account, et.al.)...  let alone the more complex issues,
which are perhaps moreover within the spectrum of EFF to outline than W3C

Good work in this area is always valued imho.  I am greatly concerned about
the 'fake news' issue becoming something of a mass censorship drive or
indeed also, significantly increasing costs relating to 'freedom of

IMHO, credentials (+ suitable ontology work) have an array of possible
means in which to assist with content declarations, which seems a more
sensible (still basic) approach than simply 'banning' content...   Gets
back to that book burning argument.  perhaps it's better to simply assist
with declaring the content and/or social reputations and considerations in
relation to that content.

all sorts of wonderful RWW opportunities imho.  much better than a banning
policy, yet, i haven't seen that debate yet.


On Fri, 18 Nov 2016 at 03:06 Henry Story <henry.story@bblfish.net> wrote:

> Hi,
>   I wanted to bring to your attention a blog post by Bryan Ford that
> describes a use case and a solution to the problem we are having with
> the invastion of bots, which is potentially skewing political debate
> very badly. [1]
>   http://bford.github.io/2015/10/07/names.html
>  This post brings up an issue that can be used as a use case or used in
> support
> of one if you already have a similar use case. (I have not been following
> closely recently).
> Henry Story
> [1] "How the Bot-y Politic Influenced This Election"
>     Nearly 20 percent of all election-related tweets come from an army of
> influential robots.
> https://www.technologyreview.com/s/602817/how-the-bot-y-politic-influenced-this-election/
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