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Re: "how do you get people to have and keep key pairs?"

From: Jeff Sayre <jeff@sayremedia.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Apr 2011 06:33:37 -0700
Message-ID: <37f78cf2afd1886030ff5cca94670175.squirrel@webmail.sayremedia.com>
To: nathan@webr3.org
Cc: public-xg-webid@w3.org
I agree. WebIDs will be the key enablers of a Web of Trust (WOT). A real,
user-centric WOT should not require a central authority. It should enable
you to decide how much trust you have in the people with whom you
communicate. All of that is possible via WebIDs


> I was watching a rather great talk yesterday from the web foundation
> board [1] ("Sir Tim and Gordon Brown: How Can the Web Accelerate Social
> and Economic Change?" - highly recommended!) where TimBL briefly touched
> on accountability and web of trust, and he made an interesting point,
> that from a technology standpoint the web of trust is of course possible
> in many different ways, but the biggest hold up is in the domain of
> sociology, namely "how do you get people to have and keep key pairs?".
> I've thought about this many times in the past, but perhaps not given it
> enough weight in terms of the social benefits to the web population
> before.. WebID is probably the easiest and most effective way to get
> people to have and keep key pairs, and it appears to me that this could
> well be WebIDs most endearing and long lived feature.
> Probably worth some focus time..
> [1] http://vimeo.com/22106148
>    * first 10 minutes are in french, the remainder in english.
> Best,
> Nathan
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