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Re: Don't cache things against content providers' wishes. Re: Draft finding - "Transitioning the Web to HTTPS"

From: Eric J. Bowman <eric@bisonsystems.net>
Date: Wed, 21 Jan 2015 09:05:16 -0700
To: Tim Berners-Lee <timbl@w3.org>
Cc: Mark Nottingham <mnot@mnot.net>, Mark Watson <watsonm@netflix.com>, Henri Sivonen <hsivonen@hsivonen.fi>, David Sheets <kosmo.zb@gmail.com>, Noah Mendelsohn <nrm@arcanedomain.com>, Public TAG List <www-tag@w3.org>
Message-Id: <20150121090516.041348b4c96e2767e8ca4430@bisonsystems.net>
Tim Berners-Lee wrote:
> It is is counterproductive to say that technology and policy should
> be discussed in different fora.


> Should ideally it be illegal to cache things against the
> content-owner's wishes, then?

Not on a public network? Also, the wording would be tricky -- think
Wayback Machine, blatantly disregarding cache expiration values. Which
could be considered against the content-publisher's wishes.

> Should it be illegal for an ISP to inject anything (like javascript)
> of any sort into anything (like http: HTML pages) ?

The problem is that isn't always nefarious. People sign up for ISPs who
offer free access in exchange for injected advertising. It would be
like legislating against video-hosting services because some content is

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