[rdfweb-dev] foafbot 0.4

Dan Brickley danbri at w...
Fri Aug 2 22:48:37 UTC 2002

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Nice work! :)

The encrypt-to stuff is great. It's the flipside of proof carrying 
authentication; instead of sending a proof that you deserve to see some 
document, the document carries a label advertising who can likely get to 
see it.

I suspect calendar sharing might be a fun way of exploring this app 

eg. I might want to share much of my calendar with co-authors, 
co-workers and co-habitees. So I'd like to be able to run a Squish query 
that selects just their PGP pubkeys and encrypts to that audience. Of 
course, you'd need to figure out which RDF triples you believe before 
deciding which keys were those of your friends, family, coauthors etc... 
ie a rather interesting bootstrapping problem.


Edd Dumbill wrote:
> Celebrate August in style with a new plush foafbot 0.4!
> The improvements in this version address privacy:
> * merging happens on mbox_sha1sum (implicit sha1summed properties added
> in for every vanilla mbox property) so people can don't need to expose
> their email addresses
> * support for giving the bot a passwordless GPG key and getting people
> to encrypt their FOAF files to it, in order to limit the flow of the
> information to that bot instance only. For more info on this, see
> http://usefulinc.com/foaf/encryptingFoafFiles and the ChangeLog
> While adding these new features, I failed to address anything in my
> existing TODO list.
> http://usefulinc.com/foaf/foafbot/
> http://usefulinc.com/foaf/foafbot/releases/foafbot-0.4.tar.gz
> http://usefulinc.com/foaf/foafbot/releases/ChangeLog
> -- Edd

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