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Re: Intro

From: Henri Asseily <hasseily@telnic.org>
Date: Wed, 8 Apr 2009 17:12:29 +0300
Message-ID: <9FE80CB5-DE6A-4872-BEB0-FE7A11DE9B12@telnic.org>
To: <public-mw4d@w3.org>
> Doesn't this "Telnic-managed proxy system" threaten to become the next
> Facebook then? I have to friend you with this service
> http://telfriends.tel/login_input.action

You don't have to. This is simply a convenience system to exchange  
public keys and private subdomains (i.e. "here's where you can get my  
contact info encrypted for you").

> Does not seem like a highly distributed system like the Web is
> supposed to be. http://www.w3.org/TR/webarch/

We'll be happy to link .tel friending to any distributed system that  
simply provides PKI and a unique string, with proper messaging.
Again, you don't need to use the friending system. You could give me  
your public key, I'd encrypt the NAPTRs and store them in a special  
subdomain, and give you its name. The TelFriends system is just  
convenience for this process.

> The NAPTR triples look a little complicated to me. Isn't it better if
> contact details are aggregated from a homepage with simpler HTML
> markup? A microformat?

Not at all. The web is horribly misunderstood as a provider of  
everything to everyone. It has a lot of overhead and is exceedingly  
complex for something as simple as storing key/value pairs. The DNS is  
incredibly faster and cheaper for mobile devices.

> How do you prevent spam? Surely a bad robot can easily trawl .tel
> records for our contact details and bombard us with spam?

Encrypt the records. That's what privacy is for. Good luck for a  
spammer to find your friend's private key and your hidden subdomain  
for his data. It's your choice to publicize or not your contact info.  
And if you do want to publicize it, it needs to be used as simply as a  
click to call.
See my sample video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OucbqWtH6kk
It's all real time. Having worked with the web for so long, we forget  
that there's a great simple, distributed, fast and ubiquitous database  
that we use all day long and forget about: the DNS.

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