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Re: white paper of proposed architecture for NSTIC

From: Mo McRoberts <Mo.McRoberts@bbc.co.uk>
Date: Wed, 20 Jul 2011 11:14:55 +0100
Cc: fcorella@pomcor.com, public-identity@w3.org, "Karen P. Lewison" <kplewison@pomcor.com>
Message-Id: <987798C9-EBEB-483A-8755-234E42FECAEA@bbc.co.uk>
To: Henry Story <henry.story@bblfish.net>
Hi Henry,

On 20 Jul 2011, at 11:07, Henry Story wrote:

> I disagree that the foundations are seriously problematic. Well at least not the technical foundations.

To clarify, because on second reading of my post it was unclear: when I said that issues with PKI-based systems “has little to do with their inability to fulfil a technical purpose”, it wasn't intended to imply that PKI _has_ an inability to fulfil a technical purpose (I think it's a very good basis for identity systems, in fact, if used the right way), but rather that the issues are principally that of usability and they have demonstrated themselves to be very major showstopping issues which have hindered adoption to date.

> Really all the browser people need to do is work on the UI.

Please don't underestimate how vast a piece of work that really is — I know it's not your focus, but to characterise it as “all they need to do is…” falls well short of conveying how serious a problem it is.

To put it another way: if PKI-based stuff -didn't- have most of the usability issues it does, we'd be having these discussions about the technical details of innovative PKI-based systems five years ago instead of now (and with a sense of it being a realistic prospect in the relatively near term).

> What is certain is that decentralisation is key.

Couldn't agree more with that.


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