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A draft of Korea WebCrypto UseCase

From: Anders Rundgren <anders.rundgren@telia.com>
Date: Fri, 30 Mar 2012 16:16:35 +0200
Message-ID: <4F75C043.6080005@telia.com>
To: "public-identity@w3.org" <public-identity@w3.org>, channy@gmail.com

These issues have been known for a decade and since there has always been
a party with an exceptional market-share on the desktop this is essentially an
issue for Microsoft.

IMO, the PC as a vehicle for innovation is stone-dead.  As a reference to
the Korean use-case I recently had the pleasure (?) helping my wife to get
her smart-card BankID to work on her laptop which involved downloading
proprietary, locally developed software.   A day later she claimed that she
couldn't login again.  I guess you used Firefox?  Yes, I did she said and that
was the problem.

US banks have wisely enough avoided smart cards and digital signatures.
The day these things are natively supported by the platform they will use it.

This day is probably never because most vendors have allocated their development
resources to the mobile devices.  Using these you get away from the middleware,
readers, APIs, and general fuzziness that made secure keys on the PC more or
less out of reach for mere mortals.

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