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RE: Suggested Reading (was: Applications of DIDs to Federated Social Media)

From: John, Anil <anil.john@hq.dhs.gov>
Date: Mon, 28 Nov 2022 19:36:20 +0000
To: W3C Credentials CG <public-credentials@w3.org>
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There is so much I don’t know about the social space which has so many implications to independence, inclusion, free speech, censorship, algorithmic amplification/suppression, diversity of thoughts/views/cultures and more … and not just the pure technical bits and bytes, I don’t feel qualified to comment on this <shrug>


It is interesting to me that the “did:orb” method (https://github.com/trustbloc/orb) is using W3C ActivityPub and W3C ActivityStreams standards.

Best Regards,


From: Ken Huang <kenhuangus@gmail.com>
Sent: Monday, November 28, 2022 1:33 PM
To: John, Anil <anil.john@hq.dhs.gov>
Cc: W3C Credentials CG <public-credentials@w3.org>
Subject: Re: Suggested Reading (was: Applications of DIDs to Federated Social Media)

We still need centralized parties to issue and validate verifiable credentials so they can be integrated with decentralized social apps such as Mastodon.

Agree or disagree? Would appreciate your response.


On Mon, Nov 28, 2022 at 1:04 PM John, Anil <anil.john@hq.dhs.gov<mailto:anil.john@hq.dhs.gov>> wrote:
Aware of that …  using the rel=”me” to anchor your Mastodon profile to your own web property is helpful in situations like this … provided that your web property is known/trusted.

Best Regards,


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Sent: Monday, November 28, 2022 11:52 AM
To: John, Anil <anil.john@hq.dhs.gov<mailto:anil.john@hq.dhs.gov>>
Cc: W3C Credentials CG <public-credentials@w3.org<mailto:public-credentials@w3.org>>
Subject: Re: Suggested Reading (was: Applications of DIDs to Federated Social Media)

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A downside of the fediverse model is having so many potential servers used for impersonation... Some folks are already reporting issues with this:



On Mon, Nov 28, 2022 at 10:17 AM John, Anil <anil.john@hq.dhs.gov<mailto:anil.john@hq.dhs.gov>> wrote:
Interesting to note the active presence of both W3C (https://w3c.social<https://urldefense.us/v3/__https:/w3c.social__;!!BClRuOV5cvtbuNI!U5G1Z2ttRWCuLfCk1H-mn2e34KB28Vt-2Te3zFjo4h8F4SLbm0Fn1uRJI9qU8PT_Whln$>) and the European Union (https://social.network.europa.eu<https://urldefense.us/v3/__https:/social.network.europa.eu__;!!BClRuOV5cvtbuNI!U5G1Z2ttRWCuLfCk1H-mn2e34KB28Vt-2Te3zFjo4h8F4SLbm0Fn1uRJI9qU8NVWRZhD$>) on Mastodon/Fediverse!

W3C ActivityPub https://www.w3.org/TR/activitypub/<https://urldefense.us/v3/__https:/www.w3.org/TR/activitypub/__;!!BClRuOV5cvtbuNI!U5G1Z2ttRWCuLfCk1H-mn2e34KB28Vt-2Te3zFjo4h8F4SLbm0Fn1uRJI9qU8FrJ78kk$> is very much meeting the moment and is a testament to the foundational work of the W3C Social Web Working Group!

Best Regards,


Anil John
Technical Director, Silicon Valley Innovation Program
Science and Technology Directorate
US Department of Homeland Security
Washington, DC, USA

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