[rdfweb-dev] FOAF & Privacy
marc at canter.com
Sat May 8 17:02:48 UTC 2004
I really this each vendor has to bring their own understanding, insights
and code to this issue.
If we try and come up with THE way for privacy - we're locking ourselves
into one technique - and since there are SO MANY ways to get to privacy
- I say we stay agnostic - at least in so far as FOAF is concerned.
Now that doesn't mean that the encryption bit, the unique ID, the
sign-on handshake/juju - or whatever it is that triggers the privacy -
isn't inside of the FOAF file - just that FOAF should be thought of as a
standard object wrapper. No more, no less.
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[mailto:rdfweb-dev-bounces at vapours.rdfweb.org] On Behalf Of Julian Bond
Sent: Saturday, May 08, 2004 1:39 AM
To: rdfweb-dev at vapours.rdfweb.org
Subject: Re: [rdfweb-dev] FOAF & Privacy
A slightly different take on this.
One of the functions that the YASNs provide is the ability to make
initial contact with someone you don't know. This is done in a nice safe
environment where you can ignore them or choose not to open the kimono.
They've also got some functions for locating people you ought to talk to
either via a third party friend or by search.
FOAF has the data to answer the search and introduction problem but it
does nothing to provide the initial arms length communication. This is
as it should be given FOAF's sphere of influence. But the lack of
techniques to do this limits FOAF's usefulness.
I'm really not worried by privacy issues or the whole problem of only
wanting to serve some parts of my FOAF to some people. But then I'm a
geek and a bit of self-publicist. I know other people do get concerned
about "private" data ending up in public FOAF files. I just think
they're deluding themselves!
But I am very interested in something built on top of existing
communications methods like email/im that let me have an exploratory
conversation with someone without revealing my true name. I've been
creeping up on this in the past with suggestions for a FOAF element that
said "Use this comms method to get in touch with me if you don't know
Julian Bond Email&MSM: julian.bond at voidstar.com
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