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Re: 10 Use Cases for Trust on the Web using LOD

From: Henry Story <henry.story@gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 15 Mar 2020 19:30:46 +0100
Cc: public-lod@w3.org, Owen Ambur <owen.ambur@verizon.net>
Message-Id: <6FB4DDA8-4427-4D6C-B949-8939D5F83D29@gmail.com>
To: Gannon Dick <gannon_dick@yahoo.com>

> On 15 Mar 2020, at 18:35, Gannon Dick <gannon_dick@yahoo.com> wrote:
> Hi Henry,
> (Country Profiles)
> https://www.purl.org/pii/country/profiles

Let me go through a few epistemological steps, to
make the point of the blog post. The question we are
asking is: how can I trust the info I am reading?
Let’s start.


Your purl redirects to secure6.securewebexchange.com .
Who owns that company?
As a techy I can find this out like this:

$  whois  securewebexchange.com | grep Admin
Registrant Name: Domain Admin
Registry Admin ID:
Admin Name: Domain Admin
Admin Organization: Deluxe Enterprise Operations, LLC
Admin Street: 2300 Glades Rd, Suite #301E
Admin City: Boca Raton
Admin State/Province: FL
Admin Postal Code: 33431
Admin Country: US
Admin Phone: +1.8003229438
Admin Phone Ext.:
Admin Fax:
Admin Fax Ext.:
Admin Email: corp-domains@aplus.net
Tech Name: Domain Admin

FL stands for Florida (I know that as a techy who has worked on the web
for 28 years, and on started discovering the internet in the 1980ies).

So this is a company declared to be in Florida.
But I also know that this information is self declared info, so is
it correct? Is there a big legal obligation to keep this data correct?

When I first go to that Web Site the browser should be able to immediately
find a link from the web site, and get official information from 
the Florida business state registrar, and show me that, to tell
me what kind of company it is, who the owners are, what kind of 
business they are, etc… This should be done in an intuitive UI
that everybody can understand, perhaps even with a map of the
globe to show people where Florida is. (It may be obvious to
people in the US, but many people around the world will not
know and neither will children, or even many teenagers.)

Anyway I guess what you wanted to look at were the links in the
data found there. Each one of them points to a CIA factsheet
page. Eg. https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/ax.html

Who is the CIA? Is that web site real? We here know because we know
that .gov is owned by the US government. How many people know that?
Especially outside the US? Do you know what the chinese government 
web site is, or the Japanese, or that of Pakistan? or Russia? 
(And if you do, how long did it take you to make sure?)

And then is it reasonable to ask people around the world to trust
US Central Intelligence Agency data about what they think of countries?
(Assuming you think that data should be used by browsers, or people 
should use it to evaluate countries? I am not sure because you
don’t give any context to your links)

Furthermore the data there tells us what the CIA thinks of a country,
but not about the company we landed on. Eg. securewebexchange.com.
What I want to know as a UK citizen is what my country’s diplomatic 
relations with the country in which the company behind a web site is located,
and what that country’s company registry says about that company,
what its domain of expertise is.

> (Dashboards)
> https://www.purl.org/pii/usa/county/profiles

Ok so here I guess you are trying to link to a profile on data on influenza.
The company publishing this data is securewebexchange.com again.
Who is that company? Can I rely on them? How do I know? What legal
jurisdiction are they in? Are they really in florida or did they have
a PO box there, and are actually remote? What is their financial situation?
In short why should I trust the data there?

Furthermore part of the data is loaded from a different site, so that
the browser gives me a warning as to the security of it.

The smileys on the page link to 

who are they? They also have an insecure connection my browser
tells me. Whois tells me very little about the company behind
the web site. It gives me an 0800 number and tells me it is in
FL (Florida?). Are they in Medicine? Why should I trust their

So you gave me data that may be correct but that I can’t really use,
because I have no idea what the agent making the claim is responsible


Hopefully that helps make clear why the Web of Nations institutional
web of trust is needed. :-)
So thanks for the use case. 


Henry Story

> On Sunday, March 15, 2020, 11:17:45 AM CDT, Henry Story <henry.story@gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi all,
>     ”Trust is the Oil of the Future” someone wrote 
> recently [1].
> And so the question is how does one rebuild trust when, 
> at a global scale, peer to peer connections by themselves 
> cannot be enough. How can people who retweet some info
> about say Covid19 know that the information comes from a 
> trusted  source? Indeed how do you know?
>   I put together 10 use cases as to how Linked Data can
> help here that cover everything from trusting small web sites, 
> to stopping phishing, to stemming fake news, helping
> anchor verifiable claims, as well as help build less intrusive
> interfaces for GDPR.
> https://medium.com/@bblfish/use-cases-for-the-web-of-nations-361c24d5eaee
> I’d be interested in any comments on this, and look forward to
> adding any ideas that I may have missed.
> Henry Story
> [1] https://twitter.com/GarethPresch/status/1239144639782891520
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