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Re: decentralised

From: Dave Longley <dlongley@digitalbazaar.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Jun 2016 14:36:23 -0400
To: Timothy Holborn <timothy.holborn@gmail.com>, W3C Credentials Community Group <public-credentials@w3.org>
Cc: Manu Sporny <msporny@digitalbazaar.com>
Message-ID: <575EFD27.6020509@digitalbazaar.com>
On 06/12/2016 10:30 PM, Timothy Holborn wrote:
> I'm listening to: http://w3c.github.io/vctf/meetings/2016-06-08/
> @~40 minutes an issue about whether or not the Decentralised
> identifier methodology works and until their is something that exists
> with a million or so use it - it's a research project..
> So, Internet protocol and the Domain Name Server methodology, how's
> that not a decentralised identifier system for machines?

It is, but it's not self-sovereign.


"The Web currently does not have a mechanism where people and
organizations can claim identifiers that they have sole ownership over.
Identifiers, such as those rooted in domain names like emails addresses
and website addresses, are effectively rented by people and
organizations rather than owned. Therefore, their use as long-term
identifiers is dependent upon parameters outside of their control. One
danger is that if the rent is not paid, all data associated with the
identifier can be made temporarily or permanently inaccessible. This
document specifies a mechanism where people and organizations can
cryptographically claim ownership over identifiers such that they
control them and the documents that they refer to."

Dave Longley
Digital Bazaar, Inc.
Received on Monday, 13 June 2016 18:36:49 UTC

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