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Re: [W3C Web Crypto WG] Rechartering discussion

From: Colin Gallagher <colingallagher.rpcv@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 8 Jan 2015 11:21:40 +0000
Message-ID: <CABghAMir94cX4V1uwudbdVEaOXCQE0DgKQKvYjmKiv65C5cJ1g@mail.gmail.com>
To: GALINDO Virginie <Virginie.Galindo@gemalto.com>
Cc: Richard Barnes <rlb@ipv.sx>, Ryan Sleevi <sleevi@google.com>, "public-webcrypto@w3.org" <public-webcrypto@w3.org>, "public-web-security@w3.org" <public-web-security@w3.org>, Wendy Seltzer <wseltzer@w3.org>, Harry Halpin <hhalpin@w3.org>, Maxwell Krohn <themax@gmail.com>, Chris Coyne <ccoyne77@gmail.com>
This should be painfully obvious:

It shouldn't take years of work to realize that it isn't unproductive or
inflammatory to point out that kicking off a discussion with a bang of "we
are *explicitly not interested* in "user managed" (insert blah blah blah
here and then lead into keys and other things) isn't what people come here
to hear.

I didn't come here to hear, for example, what you are are here to exclude
or marginalize or not interested in hearing, or what you may be interested
in "narrowing" such that certain things get bumped off into the sidelines
and users get squeezed even more.

Please bump me off this list if that sort of marginalization is going to
continue, or ask me to leave these lists, and I'll happily do so of my own
accord.

Respect,

Colin

On Thu, Jan 8, 2015 at 9:52 AM, GALINDO Virginie <
Virginie.Galindo@gemalto.com> wrote:

>  Colin,
>
>
>
> Please remember that W3C is a standardization body, W3C Web Crypto WG aims
> to  issue technical specifications, based on willingness of web actors to
> actually use and implement it.
>
> You may want to analyze the rationale or relevance of browser makers
> product roadmap, but that is not the right place to do that.
>
>
>
> In order to be productive, I’d suggest that supporters of specific topic
> join and provide good use cases and business model (yeah, that’s life) to
> convince web actors that they could have interest to implement them.
>
>
>
> Regards,
>
> Virginie
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> *From:* Colin Gallagher [mailto:colingallagher.rpcv@gmail.com]
> *Sent:* jeudi 8 janvier 2015 03:33
> *To:* Richard Barnes
> *Cc:* Ryan Sleevi; GALINDO Virginie; public-webcrypto@w3.org;
> public-web-security@w3.org; Wendy Seltzer; Harry Halpin; Maxwell Krohn;
> Chris Coyne
> *Subject:* Re: [W3C Web Crypto WG] Rechartering discussion
>
>
>
> Hello,
>
> As a participant in the Sept. 10-11, 2014 Web Crypto Next Steps
> http://www.w3.org/2012/webcrypto/webcrypto-next-workshop/
>
> (and as a person who had a paper (however brief) accepted for that
> workshop),
>
> --
>
> It sounds as though there is an effort underway to limit the scope of what
> this group will be discussing, in such a manner that would not include
> user-managed storage of keys, and that would attempt to diminish the
> importance of trustless systems while encouraging users to place more trust
> in exchange for convenience in various ways with a variety of services, but
> where this group for rechartering as has been proposed above, would only
> focus on "rechartering discussions in specific and narrow scopes if such
> proposals have consensus (in particular, from user agents)" uh-huh.
>
> At least, that's what the drift of it sounds like to me, and I don't like
> the sound of that.  I sense this strange struggle where:
>
> tl'dr"  some people don't want users to be in control of their keys, and
> would rather info dump into the vast ether of FISA, business records, 3rd
> party cromnibus, etc., because hey, it's important to make sure that you
> squeeze all the profit you can out the users before discarding them, right?
>
> or,
>
> other people, perhaps wanting to give the users a better chance, try to
> give the users more of a choice in where they will store their keys and
> what happens next (thanks maxwell and chris and those at keybase, as
> examples).
>
>
>
> Please advise what is the course of the group.  Thank you.  I just don't
> want to be here if the basic course is "oh let's um narrow it and try to
> throw people to the wolves but pretend we're not"
>
> tl'dr:  Change course.
>
> -c
>
>
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>
>
> On Wed, Jan 7, 2015 at 4:31 PM, Richard Barnes <rlb@ipv.sx> wrote:
>
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> On Wed, Jan 7, 2015 at 7:43 PM, Ryan Sleevi <sleevi@google.com> wrote:
>
> As noted during the F2F during the 2014 TPAC, it's unlikely we would
> be able to support such a rechartering.
>
> In the goals, only the first goal is something that aligns with our
> interest.
> In the scope, we are explicitly not interested in "user managed"
> storage and "web certificate management". Further, we don't believe
> this group is the appropriate venue for the discussion of Web
> Authentication - that would be better for WebApps or WebAppSec.
> WebAppSec already has proposals for dealing with credentials -
> http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-webapps/2014JulSep/0141.html
>
> Put differently, for a rechartering, the only effort we'd likely
> support support is the maintenance and exploration of algorithms.
>
> Any other chartering discussions should follow the highly productive
> workmodes of WebApps and WebAppSecs - that is, concrete, defined
> proposals being brought forth and holding rechartering discussions in
> specific and narrow scopes if such proposals have consensus (in
> particular, from user agents).
>
>
>
> Reserving the right to disagree with Ryan on the particular scoping above,
> I strongly agree with the above paragraph.  None of the proposed work items
> to date has been defined in enough scope to make it clear what a WG would
> do.
>
>
>
> --Richard
>
>
>
>
>
> On Wed, Jan 7, 2015 at 1:48 AM, GALINDO Virginie
> <Virginie.Galindo@gemalto.com> wrote:
> > Dear all,
> >
> >
> >
> > Web Crypto WG charter [1] will end by the end of March. We need to
> prepare
> > the next charter of Web Crypto.
> >
> >
> >
> > As a reminder, the conversation has started on this page :
> > https://www.w3.org/Security/wiki/IG/webcryptonext_draft_charter
> >
> > Feel free to add you ideas and suggestions on the wiki and/or expose your
> > opinion and question on the public-webcrypto@w3.org or
> > public-webcrypto-comment@w3.org (for non W3C Web Crypto WG members).
> >
> >
> >
> > Regards,
> >
> > Virginie
> >
> >
> >
> > [1] http://www.w3.org/2011/11/webcryptography-charter.html
> >
> >
> >
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