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Re: Should WebIDs denote people or accounts?

From: Sandro Hawke <sandro@w3.org>
Date: Sun, 18 May 2014 11:13:05 -0400
To: Kingsley Idehen <kidehen@openlinksw.com>,public-webid@w3.org
Message-ID: <cb587696-0d6a-4ae4-8a06-74183db9f52e@email.android.com>
On May 18, 2014 11:01:38 AM EDT, Kingsley Idehen <kidehen@openlinksw.com> wrote:
>On 5/17/14 8:05 PM, Sandro Hawke wrote:
>> Oh, very interesting.   I haven't found an opportunity to talk to
>TimBL about this specifically, but it sounds like he's thinking in the
>same direction.   In that email he's very clearly showing a WebID
>denoting a persona, not a person.
>Sandro,
>
>A WebID denoting an Agent isn't disjoint with the notion of personae. 

I'm fairly sure it is, Kingsley.

If my WebIDs all denote me, then you can't grant access to one without granting it to all, by RDF semantics.

To avoid that undesired fate, I think you need WebIDs to denote personas.   As I mentioned, those personas might be software agents, but they are clearly not people.

    - Sandro

>When I demonstrate WebIDs across Facebook, LinkedIn Twitter, G+, and 
>many other social media spaces [2][3], I actually refer to the whole 
>things as being about a given persona.  None of that negates the fact 
>that a WebID denotes an Agent.
>
>We have to loosely couple:
>
>1. identity
>2. identifiers
>3. identification
>4. identity verification (e.g., when authenticating identification)
>5. trust.
>
>Claims represented as RDF statements handle 1-5, naturally. We don't 
>have a problem here, really.
>
>
>[1] http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/persona
>[2] https://twitter.com/kidehen/status/419578364551499776
>[3] https://plus.google.com/+KingsleyIdehen/posts/1pmt4gWWae2
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