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Re: the openid para

From: Kingsley Idehen <kidehen@openlinksw.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2011 13:47:17 -0400
Message-ID: <4DB9A825.2020504@openlinksw.com>
To: public-xg-webid@w3.org
On 4/28/11 12:51 PM, Melvin Carvalho wrote:
> Dont forget that OpenID was originally based on FOAF.  OpenID and
> WebID have many common strengths, they are probably more important to
> focus on, than the differences, imho.

And the unintuitive URL as personal identifier muddled things up.

The Name Reference (de-reference / indirection operator) and Location 
Name (address-of operator) aspects of URI and URLs remain confusing. 
Ironically, the folks behind billions of systems on this planet already 
ready grok de-reference (indirection) and address-of unary operators. 
Trouble is they don't see, feel, or hear this when they encounter 
narratives about:

1. URI abstraction
2. Move from URLs to URI Name Ref. focus due to abstraction shift re. 
how we can now use the Web -- Linked Data .

Imagine if all these seasoned programmers realized that URI abstraction 
delivers the nirvana they've fantasized about for eons re., ability to 
exploit these time tested operators at InterWeb scale. The impact of 
this is equivalent to self democratization in middle east and Africa. We 
spent years shedding blood and burning national treasuries only to see 
the very quest (democracy I hope!) manifest naturally.

DCOM, CORBA, IIOP, Cairo, DCE, ONC, you name it, are all blood and 
treasure equivalents re. quest to apply de-reference (indirection) and 
address-of operators at Network scales re. data access by reference 
patten. Fundamental problem with the lot: each sought to push a platform 
specific religion.

In the real world, while blood and treasure was being burnt world wide, 
little Facebook and Twitter connected people across the Middle East and 
Africa. The impossible took shape and just happened. The same thing will 
eventually happen re. Web of Linked Data, not because I say so, simply 
because it's all wired into our natural evolution and ultimate destiny 
of the InterWeb :-)

Why does WebID ultimately work and stand on its own merits? Its security 
based on  trust logic that's driven by data access by reference. That 
claim is implicitly platform agnostic if we ensure that URIs are 



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