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Re: Request for Review of WebID specs before publishing

From: Erich Bremer <erich@ebremer.com>
Date: Mon, 09 Sep 2013 16:42:36 -0400
Message-ID: <522E32BC.3030706@ebremer.com>
To: Andrei Sambra <andrei.sambra@gmail.com>
CC: "public-webid@w3.org" <public-webid@w3.org>
On 09/09/13 2:54 PM, Andrei Sambra wrote:
> I've updated the TLS spec according to the latest batch of comments.
>
> Some comments:
>
> In 3.2.5 Verifying the WebIDs
> - I think hyphenating the terminology for man-in-the-middle should be 
> sufficient for now (I'm not sure which reference works best).
Where's the harm in a link to 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man-in-the-middle_attack to educate? Isn't 
that the point of all of this hypertext? :-)  - Erich

>
> I agree that while WebID really fits the Social Web, it can be used 
> for much more. I'll try to rephrase the abstracts to make it clear.
>
> best,
> Andrei
>
> On Sat, Sep 7, 2013 at 2:33 PM, Erich Bremer <erich@ebremer.com 
> <mailto:erich@ebremer.com>> wrote:
>
>     https://dvcs.w3.org/hg/WebID/raw-file/tip/spec/tls-respec.html
>
>     Abstract
>     "A global distributed Social Web requires that each person be able
>     to control their identity, that this identity be linkable across
>     sites - placing each person in a Web of relationships - and that
>     it be possible to authenticate globally with such identities."
>
>     WebIDs refer to foaf:Agent.  This sentence left me thinking that
>     WebID was *only* about a Social Web and thus people.  Whereas, it
>     is a huge use case, I think it leaves the WebID newcomer to think
>     it is *only* about people.
>
>     The Social Web theme continues later "...in order to create a
>     distributed Social Web."
>
>     and also in the URL:
>     https://dvcs.w3.org/hg/WebID/raw-file/tip/spec/identity-respec.html
>
>     "A global distributed Social Web requires that each person be able
>     to control their identity, that this identity be linkable across
>     sites - placing each person in a Web of relationships - and that
>     it be possible to authenticate globally with such identities."
>
>     Not to diminish the Social Web use case in the least, but I
>     thought a sentence was in order (in both documents) to emphasize
>     that programs and machines can have WebIDs too and that the scope
>     of WebIDs is bigger than for just people.  It's mentioned briefly,
>     but not in the scope of the abstract.  James Hendler himself said,
>     "so the agent stuff I want to push".  see
>     http://videolectures.net/iswc2012_hendler_semantic_web/ (~26:30)
>
>                     - Erich
>
>     On 09/05/13 9:52 AM, Henry Story wrote:
>>     Dear WebID Community Group,
>>
>>        we now have three specs up on github here
>>
>>         https://dvcs.w3.org/hg/WebID/raw-file/tip/spec/index.html
>>
>>     All editors think that it is time to publish a new version
>>     on the W3C WebID Incubator space, to finalise the distinction
>>     between WebID, WebID-TLS, and the cert ontology.
>>
>>     So we would like to be able to publish the specs above
>>     at the following location, by Friday 20 September 2013
>>
>>        http://www.w3.org/2005/Incubator/webid/spec/
>>
>>     We would be very happy to receive feedback from
>>     the community before doing so. If you can spot
>>     any errors or improvements please let us know,
>>     we'll do our best to get them in before publication.
>>
>>         Thanks,
>>
>>     		Henry Story
>>
>>
>>     Social Web Architect
>>     http://bblfish.net/
>>
>>
>
>
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