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Re: Web Payments and Identity Verification

From: Steven Rowat <steven_rowat@sunshine.net>
Date: Sun, 28 Aug 2011 11:20:18 -0700
Message-ID: <4E5A86E2.3010702@sunshine.net>
To: public-webpayments@w3.org
On 8/27/11 1:49 PM, Manu Sporny wrote:

> Those requirements seem diametrically opposed to one another. How can
> you have a central authority that is required to check that ownership
> claims for a particular piece of content is valid /and/ have anonymity
> at the same time for whistle-blowers and political activists?

Granted; it seems that having multiple authorities is better. And in 
my example of pseudonyms in the publishing industry, stretching back 
centuries, it would be a particular publisher (not, say, "The State") 
who would be trusted with the connection to the author who wished to 
remain anonymous.


> identity. We've been impressed with a sub-set of WebID to publish
> identity (public keys, which are then used to verify digital signatures).

Very interesting; thank you. Demo was clean and fast. This seems like 
an interesting step. I dislike having Flash but I understand that it 
was (is) necessary to make your point. Hopefully eventually WebID or 
something like it will function without Flash.


Steven
Received on Sunday, 28 August 2011 18:20:51 UTC

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