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Re: "Decentralized Identifiers": Bitcoin Cargo-Culture and Land Grabbing for the Top Level Names

From: Christopher Allen <ChristopherA@lifewithalacrity.com>
Date: Tue, 24 Apr 2018 15:28:10 +0000
Message-ID: <CACrqygAD7TwFjqCRo5=ge-xHnbKyVJAvURMFtAQJNx=iR7dg3Q@mail.gmail.com>
To: Reto Gmür <reto@factsmission.com>
Cc: Manu Sporny <msporny@digitalbazaar.com>, "public-credentials@w3.org" <public-credentials@w3.org>
At one point in my original DID architecture method names themselves were
going to be a DID, however, this meant that a top level DHT needed to be
defined & supported, even if a very simple. As this was too heavyweight we
went with the current adhoc proposal as we felt it was not as likely to be
abused.

If it starts to be a problem, we will establish minimum criteria to accept
a method name (right now method specs has to be accepted by the W3C
Credentials CG which is an open community process).

Setting up a top level registry, even if decentralized, would be far more
difficult at this stage, so in the spirit of avoiding “the perfect is the
enemy of the good” we are not doing it now.

— Christopher Allen [via iPhone]
Received on Tuesday, 24 April 2018 15:28:50 UTC

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