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Re: I noticed that the BBC are using Client Side Certs recently

From: Timothy Holborn <timothy.holborn@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 7 May 2014 20:04:05 +1000
Message-Id: <BB9DD454-B8E2-49F0-BE8A-42FD9766C61C@gmail.com>
Cc: Mischa Tuffield <mischa@mmt.me.uk>, public-webid <public-webid@w3.org>
To: Mo McRoberts <Mo.McRoberts@bbc.co.uk>
Hi Mo,

Seen some very encouraging work coming out of BBC.  I hear a lot about it over here in oz...

Out of interests, 

Do you use WebID?  If x.509 has been decommissioned, why?

What would sway you towards influencing the use of a "webID" spec (that included a rdf uri, etc.) in an organisation (and group / industry thereof) so highly involved with ldp / linked-data...

How could identity be included into hybrid broadcasting (whether Dvb or dab), when mixed with ip, or solely ip orientated, or even in concert with the "second screen" paradigm....

I imagine being able to serve the market in association to user identity, and environment (ie: education, capacity to "remix" possibly, for educational purposes, or bbc content sales / international activities, or it's heritage related projects, etc.) has an array of potential benefits that could be significantly supported by a w3 identity standard (and related requirements)...

Also: how much influence do you have around the end-retail partners application of technology in association to your metadata-rich, content services.  What might help your influence in supporting linked-data projects generally?

Tim.

Sent from my iPad

> On 7 May 2014, at 6:29 pm, Mo McRoberts <Mo.McRoberts@bbc.co.uk> wrote:
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> We’re not meant to be, not publicly at least…
> 
> There was a period where parts of the stack were ‘optionally’ requesting a client cert (we use X.509 client certificates extensively within the BBC for staff and contractors to access systems), and some browsers would always show a request dialog if so — but I thought that had been switched off
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> Can you let me know which browser (I’m guessing Firefox) & URL you were accessing, and I’ll pass it onto the ops team?
> 
> M.
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>> On  2014-May-06, at 00:49, Mischa Tuffield <mischa@mmt.me.uk> wrote:
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>> Hello All,
>> 
>> Apologies if this is old news, but over the last week or so I have noticed that the BBC are requesting a client side cert from me every time I visit their site, I wonder what they are doing, perhaps it is worth finding out somehow.
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>> <Screen Shot 2014-05-06 at 00.46.31.png>
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>> All the best and keep up the good work folk!
>> 
>> M
>> 
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>> Mischa Tuffield PhD
>> http://mmt.me.uk/
>> @mischat
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