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Re: Question/idea: Self-contained WebID

From: Kingsley Idehen <kidehen@openlinksw.com>
Date: Wed, 28 May 2014 08:05:08 -0400
Message-ID: <5385D0F4.70109@openlinksw.com>
To: public-webid@w3.org
On 5/28/14 5:39 AM, Jonas Smedegaard wrote:
> Hi Brian,
> Quoting Kingsley Idehen (2014-05-27 20:22:22)
>> On 5/27/14 1:08 PM, Brian Allen Vanderburg II wrote:
>>> OpenID requires third party identity providers.  That means that I
>>> don't really "own" my identity,
>>> I'm only vaguely familiar with WebID.  It seems like it works by
>>> storing a client certificate on the user's computer.  But it still
>>> seems to require a public server for access to the WebID foaf.rdf
>>> file. Would it not be possible for a client/browser to implement it's
>>> own way of storing that file and sending it to a server when
>>> attempting to use WebID for authentication and login, so that it
>>> would remove the need of some hosting provider or server from storing
>>> it.  The idea there would be to allow the user to own their identity
>>> entirely, without any need of an external provider or server to host
>>> the file, perhaps allowing for ID by the key fingerprint.
>> To answer your fundamental question, the answer is yes. WebID,
>> WebID-TLS, WebID-Profile, and WebACLs are all about loosely coupling
>> the critical pieces that collectively facilitate identity controlled
>> and managed by you.
> I believe what Kingsley hints at is that...
>   * WebID need no server (that's specific to WebID-TLS - if at all)!
> Seems to me that WebID is *perfect* for your use case.
> I think that this use case of yours could help others understand how
> WebID, WebID-TLS, WebID-Profile and WebACLs are building blocks, that
> can be used in multiple ways - yours being one of them.
> Would you be interested in working on refining your use case, and have
> it proof-read by people at this list, to ensure you are staying within
> the boundaries of the building blocks, not deriving from them?
>   - Jonas




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