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A Decentralized Hashtable for the Web

From: Manu Sporny <msporny@digitalbazaar.com>
Date: Mon, 02 Nov 2015 15:40:40 -0500
Message-ID: <5637CA48.8040605@digitalbazaar.com>
To: Web Payments CG <public-webpayments@w3.org>
The Web currently does not have a mechanism where people and
organizations can claim identifiers that they own.

Identifiers, such as those rooted in domain names like emails addresses
and website addresses, are often rented by people and organizations and
thus are not good candidates for long-term identifiers. The danger is
that if the rent is not paid, all data associated with the identifier is
temporarily or permanently inaccessible. This document specifies a
rent-free mechanism where people and organizations can cryptographically
claim identifiers that they control and store data at those identifiers.
We've been calling this technology "WebDHT" (we need a new name!).

The first editor's draft of the WebDHT technology has been posted to the
Web. For those of you that attended the calls last year, this work is
necessary in order to have truly portable identifiers (for identities,
financial accounts, etc.). The spec can be found here:


Neither the spec or technology is fully baked by any stretch of the
imagination. There is still a lot of work that needs to be done, but the
general idea is in the spec now for review.

-- manu

PS: One of the nice things about being trapped on a plane for 11 hours
(W3C TPAC in Sapporo, Japan last week) is that you can get a lot of spec
editing work done.

Manu Sporny (skype: msporny, twitter: manusporny, G+: +Manu Sporny)
Founder/CEO - Digital Bazaar, Inc.
blog: Web Payments: The Architect, the Sage, and the Moral Voice
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