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Re: Semantic Web Hackings

On Sun, 31 Dec 2000, Sean B. Palmer wrote:

> > Why do you care what kind of URIs people use to identify
> > themselves? It shouldn't matter whether they choose any of
> > mailto, http, ldap, uuid, or even urn as their favorite scheme
> > as long as it's unique.
> I'm simply suggesting that email boxes are "owned" and therefore it is
> easier to assert statements when using them as a unique identifier for a
> persons interface to the Web. Look at Dan's FOAF stuff -
> http://xmlns.com/foaf/0.1
> If I said I "owned" an http:// URI, how easy would that be to prove
> (ignoring TLDs - not everybody owns a TLD)?

I not sure if it proves an 'owns' relation, but Dan Connolly once
suggested the following procedure for verifying 'hasWriteAccessTo':
the suspicious party provides some long random number, and the supposed
owner embeds it in the content dereferencable at the debated URI.  --dan