[foaf-protocols] another webid app idea : opera unite, faxing, and webid
kidehen at openlinksw.com
Wed Mar 23 13:01:38 CET 2011
On 3/23/11 6:13 AM, peter williams wrote:
> Marshall Rose got into trouble from the old AT&T at the outset of the
> commercial internet, by showing how easy it was to replace the fax
> machine -- with an internet listener and a printer. The old telcos
> quickly got that regulated out of existence by US govt.
> But, with opera unite, one can have the same thing. Can one imagine
> opera unite exposing an endpoint that represents the user's browser's
> default printer? If one sends a uri to that endpoint, the opera
> browser pulls the file and prints it locally (like a fax machine).
> Obviously, the untrustworthy web will do its normal thing, and spam
> will flow rapidly. So, it needs closing down. Only if as the fax-ing
> party one uses one's webid to authenticates to that fax-endpoint will
> it do its fax-thing. The endpoint considers the actual printing-user's
> foaf card's friends list to authorize the webid's allowed to invoke
> webid-based "faxing". Your webid URI has to be in the foaf group
> called "canfax".
> Way beyond my skills, of course. I'm still trying to get client certs
> to work at azure-hosted site! It doesn't really need a UML diagram.
> I don't think things need to particularly complex to showcase that it
> works. We don't need to counter OAUTH, or convince openid, or defeat
> the evil PKI, or sing the W3C anthem "we shall overcome" the RSA
> patent (that expired a decade ago, not that some folks seemed to have
> noticed yet). We just make a useful faxer, using foaf and ssl. FOAF
> and its logical apparatus will then speak for themselves.
> So, it there is 1 thing that Opera browser could do.... It is: make
> the Opera Unite apparatus be able to consume a client cert and then
> consult its foaf card for the pubkey, when guarding an endpoint.
Opera unite is a great example of functionality that WebID will enhance
via Resource ACLs. It also provides an example of consumerWeb.vNext.
If Opera gets on board with WebID they will have a serious advantage
over the other browsers.
Anyone from Opera lurking on this mailing list?
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