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Solving Real Problems using Linked Data: InterWeb scale Verifiable Identity via WebID

From: Kingsley Idehen <kidehen@openlinksw.com>
Date: Wed, 02 Nov 2011 11:27:10 -0400
Message-ID: <4EB1614E.6090705@openlinksw.com>
To: "public-lod@w3.org" <public-lod@w3.org>, public-rww@w3.org, "foaf-protocols@lists.foaf-project.org" <foaf-protocols@lists.foaf-project.org>
All,

Here are links to recent G+ posts that showcase use of URIs, LinkedData, 
and WebID applied the thorny issue of verifiable identity at InterWeb scale:

1. http://goo.gl/AcYWQ -- using Facebook as an Identity Provider (IdP) 
for the WebID verification protocol
2. http://goo.gl/ouXeF -- ditto using LinkedIn
3. http://goo.gl/9jjxG -- ditto using WordPress and other AtomPub 
compliant blog platforms
4. http://goo.gl/FFsjv -- ditto using Twitter.

What does this all mean?
Anyone with a Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or Blog Platform account can 
now do the following with ease:

1. generate a self signed X.509 certificate with a WebID watermark
2. persist certificate to a keystore/keychain provided by host operating 
system of browser
3. persist certificate fingerprint (MD5 of SHA1) to Web data spaces such 
as: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Blogs etc..
4. as part of the WebID verification (authentication) protocol, lookup 
the fingerprints in the aforementioned data spaces.

As a result of the above, it becomes much easier to achieve a global 
scale Read-Write Web since WebID granularity works for:

1. access control lists (acls)
2. signed emails via s/mime
3. semantically enhanced notification services that only require a WebID 
e.g., befriending, resource share notifications etc..

Related:

1. 
http://www.slideshare.net/rumito/solving-real-problems-using-linkeddata 
-- old presentation about solving real problems courtesy of Linked Data 
(note: FOAF+SSL is now the WebID protocol).
2. http://webid.info -- additional information about WebID.
3. http://www.w3.org/wiki/WebID -- WebID Wiki.
4. http://www.w3.org/community/rww/ -- Read-Write Web .

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Regards,

Kingsley Idehen	
President&  CEO
OpenLink Software
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