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Re: Trusted proxy UI strawman

From: Diego R. Lopez <diego@tid.es>
Date: Fri, 20 Jun 2014 18:44:59 +0000
To: Roland Zink <roland@zinks.de>
Cc: "ietf-http-wg@w3.org" <ietf-http-wg@w3.org>
Message-id: <150FFA41-C05A-41A1-876B-7541E8D7DA76@tid.es>

On 20 Jun 2014, at 05:29 , Roland Zink <roland@zinks.de> wrote:

>> I think the word "user" in the above is conflating people (with a
>> browser), content authors and n/w operators, at least. I (as a
>> user visiting web sites) do not "want this," nor do I as a content
>> author, nor do I as a (very very tiny:-) web site admin. And I
>> definitely do not "want this" for my calendar nor IMAP etc.
> I as a father don't want my kids (as users) to see inappropriate content. I as a user often don't want web sites sending me tracking cookies, ads, viruses and many other things. I as a (very very tiny:-) web site admin (http://home.zinks.de/) can't guarantee that nobody will hack my site and misuse it. I as a user don't want my calendar be hosted by anybody in the Internet. Question is how this can be achieved? Maybe an intercepting HTTP proxy in the home router or a service of a mobile network operator can be part of the solution. Better solutions always welcome.

I made very similar statements in a (somehow) heated discussion on the general principles of opportunistic encryption in London. An encrypted channel, authenticated or not, is just that: it can only protect you from unnoticed eavesdroppers without direct access to the source (was it no the case in much of PRISM surveillance?). And it can come at a price worse than the problem you want to solve. There are no one-size-fits-all solution. A controlled/trusted/acknowledged/... intermediary can be part of the solution in many use cases.

Be goode,

"Esta vez no fallaremos, Doctor Infierno"

Dr Diego R. Lopez
Telefonica I+D

e-mail: diego@tid.es
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