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Re: Position Paper for W3C Workshop on Identity

From: Henry Story <henry.story@bblfish.net>
Date: Sun, 24 Apr 2011 12:24:06 +0200
Cc: jeff@sayremedia.com, "Kingsley Idehen" <kidehen@openlinksw.com>, public-xg-webid@w3.org
Message-Id: <F680509B-AC11-4037-8DA1-A75B06E2DAFB@bblfish.net>
To: Mo McRoberts <Mo.McRoberts@bbc.co.uk>

On 24 Apr 2011, at 10:00, Mo McRoberts wrote:

> On 23 Apr 2011, at 23:29, Jeff Sayre wrote:
>>>> On 23 Apr 2011, at 19:08, Jeff Sayre wrote:
>>>>> Thus, WebID is not just for the Web.
>>> On 23 Apr 2011, at 1:21 PM, Henry Story wrote:
>>>> Agree, but one should pause at the word "just" here. It makes me wonder:
>>>> what else do we have that is bigger? It's a bit like saying Bill Gates
>> is just
>>>> rich....
>> Removing 'just' from my sentence would not make any sense. The point is
>> that WebID has a practical role beyond the Web (big W). The Internet is
>> bigger than the Web platform. Non-webby protocols can harness the power of
>> WebID.
> In particular, encouraging e-mail clients not to treat S/MIME signed or encrypted e-mail using certificates from authorities they don't recognise (including, of course, self-signed certs) as “untrusted” rather than “INVALID” wouldn't be a bad thing… I appreciate, of course, that it's a can of worms.
> (But, given that practically every e-mail client on the planet understands S/MIME, there's a big surface-area there for use of WebID beyond web authentication — why *shouldn't* I be able to use my WebID certificate to sign e-mail messages, after all?)

Yep that would be a very useful application of WebID. 

Of course as with many things that will become absolutely obvious (one would hope) as soon as there are a  large number of WebIDs out there, that are in everyday use. 

One could add that here:
  or here
  or here

Not exactly sure. 


> M.

Social Web Architect
Received on Sunday, 24 April 2011 10:24:38 UTC

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