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Re: Does the W3C still believe in Tim Berners-Lee's vision of decentralization?

From: Drummond Reed <drummond.reed@evernym.com>
Date: Wed, 13 Oct 2021 00:09:08 -0700
Message-ID: <CAAjunnb7eOt0zLzQhwH69zSqs=f_bzMmaPz3ym2K8aJ6-6d4bg@mail.gmail.com>
To: Moses Ma <moses.ma@futurelabconsulting.com>
Cc: Credentials Community Group <public-credentials@w3.org>
Moses, you are too kind. At least I have as little hair as Bernie ;-)


On Wed, Oct 13, 2021 at 12:08 AM Moses Ma <moses.ma@futurelabconsulting.com>

> +1000
> Drummond, I think your blog post was brilliantly written.
> The DID movement needs a Bernie Sanders, someone with gravitas and
> unafraid to speak truth to power.
> MM
> On 10/12/21 11:57 PM, Drummond Reed wrote:
> I want to share this email I just sent to the W3C Advisory Committee
> regarding the DID 1.0 formal objection (FO) issue.
> The Evernym blog post it links to is here:
> https://www.evernym.com/blog/w3c-vision-of-decentralization/
> Best,
> =Drummond
> ---------- Forwarded message ---------
> From: Drummond Reed <drummond.reed@evernym.com>
> Date: Tue, Oct 12, 2021 at 11:54 PM
> Subject: Does the W3C still believe in Tim Berners-Lee's vision of
> decentralization?
> To: W3C AC Forum <w3c-ac-forum@w3.org>
> AC Members,
> Let me start by saying I appreciate the extensive discussion about the
> Formal Objection process over the past few days. I suspect it has helped
> educate many of us who are not involved in the intricacies of the W3C
> process (and how it needs to evolve to become "director-free"). It has also
> given me, as one editor of the DID 1.0 spec, a modicum of reassurance that
> the FO's lodged against it will be handled via a reasonable process.
> Assuming that good faith, I'd like to turn the AC's attention to the
> substance of those FOs. Specifically, I want to follow the advice Tobie
> Langel gave yesterday in response to a suggestion by David Singer:
> Anchoring decision-making into shared values and principles is critical
>> for W3C’s long-term credibility and for W3C to stay functional once
>> “director-free.”
> I could not agree more. In the case of these FOs, I believe the principle
> at stake is *decentralization*.
> Evernym joined the W3C four years ago specifically to work on standards
> for *decentralized digital trust infrastructure*, starting
> with verifiable credentials and DIDs. To be frank, we were skeptical
> that W3C was the right place for that work. The issue of centralization of
> the Web was already looming large—specifically as raised by Mozilla in
> their 2017 Internet Health Report
> <https://foundation.mozilla.org/en/insights/internet-health-report/>.
> But Manu Sporny and other leaders of the W3C Credentials Community Group
> convinced us that the W3C was serious about decentralization. So we agreed
> to contribute our efforts here.
> Four years later, the FOs lodged by Google, Apple, and Mozilla against the
> DID 1.0 spec have shaken our confidence. It would be one thing if these
> objections had serious merit. But we were frankly stunned at how much they
> reflected misunderstandings not only about the purpose and design of the
> DID 1.0 spec, but also about the other deliverables of the DID WG.
> I realize that's a strong statement. So over the past week we worked to
> fully document this in a blog post we published tonight
> <https://www.evernym.com/blog/w3c-vision-of-decentralization/>.
> I urge you to read it and to share your thoughts on the topic
> of decentralization with the rest of the AC.
> =Drummond
> P.S. The conclusion of the blog post raises some questions about the
> motivations for these FOs. This is not meant to impugn Google's, Apple's,
> and Mozilla's intentions. It is meant to underscore that *decentralization
> is about avoiding concentrations of power*. There is no way around that
> issue—which is why it is so important that we discuss it here.
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