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Re: HTTPS and the Semantic Web

From: Michael Brunnbauer <brunni@netestate.de>
Date: Fri, 20 May 2016 21:46:32 +0200
To: Phil Archer <phila@w3.org>
Cc: Semantic Web IG <semantic-web@w3.org>
Message-ID: <20160520194632.GA6774@netestate.de>

Hello Phil,

I am writing this from an italian holiday flat where I have to login into
the unencrypted WLAN with a username/password pair using a browser. And of 
course, most websites are HTTPS nowadays so I have to deliberately call an 
unencrypted web site first to log on.

It's a PITA and my unencrypted traffic is broadcasted to the neighbourhood, so
I asked the owner: Why not use a regularly updated WPA password instead of
using an expensive WLAN accounting system?

The answer was: It is required by law that every website I visit is tracked 
and saved with my username so that law enforcement can trace it back to me.
I have doubts concerning this claim but let's take it for granted.

What have I gained through HTTPS with regard to www.w3.org? Instead of being
able to know that I visited


law enforcement now "only" can know about a HTTPS session to 

Hans Moleman? Sounds subversive. Maybe I would have to explain that in another
country :-)

What am I driving at? Having to rewrite all my SPARQL queries in the future to
account for HTTP *and* HTTPS versions of the same URI because "HTTP is 
insecure" would feel a bit kafkaesque.


Michael Brunnbauer

On Fri, May 20, 2016 at 07:08:30PM +0100, Phil Archer wrote:
> Not a moan about spam, or a CfP, but an actual discussion point, yay!
> I've just blogged about our use of HTTPS across www.w3.org which raises some
> questions for this community. Please see
> https://www.w3.org/blog/2016/05/https-and-the-semantic-weblinked-data/
> Comments welcome.
> Thanks
> -- 
> Phil Archer
> W3C Data Activity Lead
> http://www.w3.org/2013/data/
> http://philarcher.org
> +44 (0)7887 767755
> @philarcher1

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