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Fixing TLS Trust

From: Henry Story <henry.story@bblfish.net>
Date: Mon, 30 Apr 2012 18:46:57 +0200
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Cc: public-webid <public-webid@w3.org>
To: "tls@ietf.org List" <tls@ietf.org>
TLS currently helps one know that when opens a connection to a service (domain:port pair)
one is actually connected to the machine that officially owns that domain. It does not
give one the big picture of what kind of entity one is actually connected to:
ie. it does not answer the following questions:

 - is this a legal entity?
 - which country is it based in (or which legal framework is it responsible to)
 - who are the owners
 - what kind of organisation is it? (individual, bank, commerce, school, university, charity...)

In a recent talk I gave at the European Identity conference in Biel, Switzerland, I looked 
at how this extra information could be made available by using WebID and Linked Data, published
by official entities in ways that gave those documents legal weight. This would not be technically
very difficult to do, but would provide huge benefits to the web. It could increase trust 
in the way people use the web, and it could enable commerce in a much broader way that hitherto
found on the web.

  I put this presentation up on my blog with the title "WebID and Commerce" 

WebID is just the art of tying TLS into the linked data world, which is the framework that
has been developed under the guidance of Tim Berners Lee. So it brings two worlds together,
which is why I am cross posting here. It seems like an idea with a lot of potential.


Social Web Architect
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