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Re: Getting Serious about WebID Bootstrap

From: Kingsley Idehen <kidehen@openlinksw.com>
Date: Fri, 28 Sep 2012 14:45:12 -0400
Message-ID: <5065F038.8030007@openlinksw.com>
To: public-xg-webid@w3.org
On 9/28/12 8:14 AM, ☮ elf Pavlik ☮ wrote:
> Excerpts from Kingsley Idehen's message of 2012-09-28 11:36:21 +0000:
>> All,
>> Bootstrapping anything on the Web requires technology implementer to use
>> (dog-food) whatever technology they seek to promote to others. Thus, I
>> would like to encourage every participant in the RWW and WebID community
>> groups to make a best-effort to start signing emails, moving forward.
>> Naturally, these emails should be signed using an WebID watermarked
>> X.509 certificate. Certificate generation choices include:
>> 1. Native generators that come with your desktop OS -- Mac OS X,
>> Windows, and Linux all include such a utility
>> 2. Certificate generators from WebID IdPs -- I have a list here:
>> http://delicious.com/kidehen/webid+webid_idp (ping me if you have a
>> generator that's unlisted) .
>> Over the last year or so, I've written a number of how-to guides [1]
>> covering how to sign emails across all the major native email clients.
>> Once again, if we don't sign our emails we loose a simple opportunity to
>> showcase the utility of WebIDs and the WebID authentication protocol.
>> Being able to follow-your-nose from a WebID that watermarks an email
>> senders certificate is a very simple utility showcase for both WebID and
>> Linked Data.
>> We can do this!
>> Links:
>> 1. http://bit.ly/VTnxzz -- collection of G+ hosted howtos (for all the
>> major native email clients) covering how to digitally sign emails .
> currently i use terminal based client 'sup' (similar to mutt) which can sign using PGP, i consider switching to http://notmuchmail.org and use some browser based frontend to it ex. https://github.com/peterkeen/speedee
> any suggestions on signing emails using browser based email clients?

I am yet to encounter a hosted email system (bar ODS-Mail from us) that 
allows you send signed emails.



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