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Re: [foaf-protocols] Standardising the foaf+ssl protocol to launch the Social Web

From: Harry Halpin <hhalpin@w3.org>
Date: Sat, 10 Jul 2010 16:44:27 +0100 (BST)
Message-ID: <9fa45ffc5d29fcf88926297846aa8438.squirrel@webmail-mit.w3.org>
To: "Henry Story" <henry.story@gmail.com>
Cc: "Toby Inkster" <tai@g5n.co.uk>, "Bruno Harbulot" <bruno.harbulot@manchester.ac.uk>, "Thomas Roessler" <tlr@w3.org>, "Tim Berners-Lee" <timbl@w3.org>, "Harry Halpin" <hhalpin@w3.org>, foaf-protocols@lists.foaf-project.org, "Ivan Herman" <ivan@w3.org>, "Ian Jacobs" <ij@w3.org>, "Jeffrey Jaff" <jeff@w3.org>, "www-archive" <www-archive@w3.org>
> Great discussion folks!
> I think this thread should give the w3 folks we are CCing here a good idea
> of the passion, quality of work, depth of discussion and breadth of the
> foaf+ssl
> community, which includes hackers from every programming language,
> researchers
> from every continent, security as well as linked data specialists, and
> more.
> Perhaps we should leave them a bit of time to digest the details of this
> thread,
> so they can then let us know how we should proceed.
> No need to work out the final details of the spec right now :-) Let us
> leave ourselves a bit of work for when we get round to the formal piece.

Digesting as we speak, and again, very nice thinking. Especially agree
with Bruno's point about security - I think crypto should be actually
looked at. Imagine replacing e-mail with social network messages that are
by default encrypted and with verified identify. You'd solve the spam
problem and the security of e-mail problem in one fell swoop :)

I'm going through the thread, and just to be clear, what I would like is:

1) A wiki-page listing AC reps and member organizations, and potential WG
invited experts.

2) A short part for the Social Web XG final report that really goes into
the core ideas of attaching certificates to URIs in a way that is easily

3) There really should be a draft spec. Henry's original blog post is
great (and I agree, the idea is so simple that a spec may not seem
needed), but a single HTML page that lays out the ideas in a spec-like
manner would be great.

Then we can, hopefully in August and Sept, begin talking about next steps
in an e
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