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Updated: 2010-12-12T09:15:41.443Z


WebID and eCommerce


TLS currently helps one know that when opens a connection to a service (domain:port pair) one is actually connected to the machine that officially owns that domain. It does not give one the big picture of what kind of entity one is actually connected to: ie. it does not answer the following questions: - is this a legal entity? - which country is it based in (or which legal framework is it responsible to) - who are the owners - what kind of organisation is it? (individual, bank, commerce, school, university, charity...) In a recent talk I gave at the European Identity conference in Biel, Switzerland, I looked at how this extra information could be made available by using WebID and Linked Data, published by official entities in ways that gave those documents legal weight. This would not be technically very difficult to do, but would provide huge benefits to the web. It could increase trust in the way people use the web, and it could enable commerce in a much broader way that hitherto found on the web. The talks also shows how this can be then used to create a framework for flexible user identities to enable e-commerce. The talk is made available here as a slidcast with audio, and as pdfs with the text.

LifeShare: Refactoring a Web2.0 Social Network for the Social Web


LifeShare is an Open Source Social Network Server written by students at the University of Saint Etienne in France, that has all the cool must have Social Network functionalities - such as walls, circles, etc.. - but as shown in the screencast is missing the ability to be part of a larger global network, as most Web 2.0 apps in existence. In this screen cast we show the first stage in refactoring it so that it can work in the growing ecology of Linked Data based Social Web application, and so that it itself can be distributed across any number of servers. Ie: we show how to start refactoring a Web 2.0 application into a Web 3.0 application.

W3C Identity in the Browser Workshop


The W3c Identity in the Browser Workshop is currently being held in Menlo Park, California, in the Mozilla buildings. The agenda is packed with short talks and discussions with a very strict focus of identity as it relates to browsers and the web.

The WebID Incubator Group has submitted a very carefully crafted and thought through paper "The WebID Protocol & Browsers, that is on the agenda to be presented today, 25 May 2011.

As the schedule only gives each speaker 10 minutes to present, and as the amount of information that needs to be imparted is very big, especially given the theoretical/practical intermingling of the problem, I thought it best to do a video that shows how theory and practice interpenetrate in the WebID protocol (spec). This video comes with 4 demos. It shows how easy it is to create a social web, how one can create a WebID in one click, how that works, how one can authenticate in one click to a web site, and how that works, and finally it goes over some improvements that would be welcome in the browser.

CableGate, Release Acts and the Pharmakon


Wikileaks could be thought of as the 2010 Conceptual / Performance Art masterpiece: It reveals and mediates contradictions and tensions from nearly every angle one looks at it. And not just any contradictions, but the key ones for this unfolding century. Let us look at some of these issues in detail.

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