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RE: Principle of Least Power

From: Bullard, Claude L (Len) <len.bullard@intergraph.com>
Date: Mon, 5 Dec 2005 14:39:47 -0600
Message-ID: <15725CF6AFE2F34DB8A5B4770B7334EE0BB1FC6A@hq1.ingr-corp.com>
To: "'Roy T. Fielding'" <fielding@gbiv.com>, Norman Walsh <Norman.Walsh@Sun.COM>
Cc: www-tag@w3.org

These principles should cover the principle of least responsibility where 
the principle of least authority failed to do more than insulate an
anonymous 
source from misattribution, miscalculation or slander/libel.

The problems of Wikipedia are showing the application of that in spades.
Once 
one starts using link counts as an assertion of authority, the court of
opinion 
becomes all powerful.  The governments are our least worry.  Sometimes the 
wisdom of crowds is the wisdom of the largely uncaring, uninformed and only 
in it for the thrills of the noise.

An interesting application of the semantic web would be one where an
*ontology 
of most importance* is applied to a published text to determine that given
the 
assertions made on the page, who should be notified.  A record of authority 
does not have to be a record of ownership; it can be a record of vetting or 
proofing the assertions.

If you ever build an internal affairs module, you'll understand this.

len
Received on Monday, 5 December 2005 20:44:23 GMT

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