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Re: Public Keys and Proof of Work

From: Roman Evstifeev <someuniquename@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 3 Apr 2013 20:57:58 +0400
Message-ID: <CAMX-vmK3-6DDGTTmw7Khg039nggJngLtBXYZi55bx1OadWcemA@mail.gmail.com>
To: Melvin Carvalho <melvincarvalho@gmail.com>
Cc: public-rww <public-rww@w3.org>, public-webid <public-webid@w3.org>
On Wed, Apr 3, 2013 at 8:22 PM, Melvin Carvalho
<melvincarvalho@gmail.com> wrote:
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> On 3 April 2013 18:00, Roman Evstifeev <someuniquename@gmail.com> wrote:
>>
>> On Tue, Apr 2, 2013 at 1:20 PM, Melvin Carvalho
>> <melvincarvalho@gmail.com> wrote:
>> > There is a concept that has become popular lately in cryto (particularly
>> > crypto currencies) which is called proof of work.
>> >
>> > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Proof-of-work_system
>> >
>> > The principle behind it is that you can use cryptography to make your
>> > public
>> > key 'special' in some predefined way, in order to prove that it was a
>> > very
>> > hard key to create.
>> >
>> > These special keys are considered valuable (indeed in cryto currencies
>> > you
>> > can be rewarded financially for creating one)
>> >
>> > However the original idea of proof of work was an anti spam measure.
>> >
>> > I wonder if were start using proof of work public keys linked to
>> > identity on
>> > the web, what possible formats could we use ... perhaps 6-10 leading
>> > 1's?
>>
>> What for? What is the usecase?
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> It's like passing a captcha ... the person on the other side can have a
> little more confidence that you are not a throw away identity.  ie it is a
> reputation vector.

As far as i understand this - botmaster can pregenerate a lot of these
"proofs" and link them to fake identities. So this is not useful at
all.
Received on Wednesday, 3 April 2013 16:58:30 UTC

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