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Re: Rango WoN Re: Public consultation on EU digital principles

From: Chris Gough <chris.gough@gosource.com.au>
Date: Tue, 17 Aug 2021 01:27:29 +1000
Message-ID: <CAJ0rzd7wSY=LDRVDpmuZPJnee2miTfVuxbtJ3eAxs35xto1_zQ@mail.gmail.com>
To: Henry Story <henry.story@gmail.com>
Cc: David Chadwick <d.w.chadwick@verifiablecredentials.info>, Steve Capell <steve.capell@gmail.com>, daniel.hardman@gmail.com, Bob Wyman <bob@wyman.us>, "W3C Credentials CG (Public List)" <public-credentials@w3.org>
> What you want is a window opening up with rich
> live information: shop opening hours perhaps, but
> possibly scandals, bankruptcy, or phenomenal growth stories!
> A map of the world showing where the company is located.
> Local news over there perhaps.

If a sufficiently rich tapestry of contextual data was available, why would
you inflict it on a human? I would much rather have my own due dilligence
robot that hid out of sight except to warn me when something smelled like

Algorithmic due dilligence is a kind of spam detection problem (inverse
recommendation), it seems like it might yield to a combination of
transfered knowledge from the community plus personalised refinements. If
this community and I can agree on what we are trying to avoid, then we can
collaborate on avoiding it by sharing examples of bad.

How to trust the consensus of the community? That's an identity assurance
problem, which reduces to an assessment of the accumulated evidence of
participation in society. If only I had a rich tapestry of... Ah-Ha!.

Cross-referencing identity fiats (like business registers etc.) may just be
a bootstrapping exercise until systems accumulate enough verifiable
evidence of economic activity that's densely linked to themselves.

Chris Gough


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