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Re: Scope of PDS/IdH/EDV Discussion (Re: Invitation to Personal Data Hubs, Identity Hubs, EDV Roadmap Discussion)

From: Manu Sporny <msporny@digitalbazaar.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Nov 2019 09:44:49 -0500
To: public-credentials@w3.org
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On 11/17/19 9:54 PM, Daniel Hardman wrote:
> A more insightful contrast would be DIDComm vs. RESTful web services 
> secured by certificates + user login. Both run over HTTP, and both
> are a "whole extra layer over simple HTTP."

Huh, interesting. This is a take on DIDComm that I haven't heard before,
but then again, I haven't been deeply involved in the DIDComm work.

I thought DIDComm was purely a transport agnostic protocol. It could run
over HTTP, but I didn't see HTTP as a target transport protocol due to
concerns over the existing CA system. I thought the focus was on
something more low level than HTTP, something akin to Mutually
Authenticated TLS (but using DIDs instead of CAs).

In any case, I'm certainly no DIDComm expert and am happy to use
whatever contrast you feel will maximize insight.

-- manu

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