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From: Henry Story <henry.story@bblfish.net>
Date: Mon, 12 Dec 2011 22:50:58 +0100
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To: Linking Open Data <public-lod@w3.org>
Hi,

   After some very serious feedback we have spent a lot of time in the past two months
rewriting the WebID Authentication spec. It is now a lot clearer to read I hope.

This must be the first authentication specification that puts linked data at its core.
This is very clear in the spec and should be very exciting for this whole community. Linked
data brings some very important things to the table that no other authentication protocol
has been able to get at because of their not understanding these principles!

More here:

  http://www.w3.org/2005/Incubator/webid/spec/
  http://webdi.info/spec

So this group is about linking OPEN data, and you may think: "if we ask people to authenticate
then it would be because we have something to protect, something to close!" Well not necessarily:
you could use authentication to be even more open. If you think about it most web sites are read
only because you can't trust everyone on the web to to be well behaved. But you could use friend
of friends circles to give authorization to write to much larger audiences than before.

Also WebID authentication could be used to allow robots to authenticate very easily without having
them need to learn some complex protocol - every robot understands https.

Finally with WebID you can put your whole site behind https which means that all the man-in-the-middle
attacks  which would changing your data en route to its destination can be foiled.

 We all look forward to some feedback, implementation experiences and questions,

	Sincerely,

	Henry Story


WebID Incubator Chair
http://bblfish.net/
Received on Monday, 12 December 2011 21:51:39 UTC

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