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   RE: [xml-dev] Semantic web?

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The trick is enforceable public policies on information collection and dissemination.
The Semantic Web constitution is a good ideal.   It should be something that
folks like J. Reagle get involved in, and the W3C heavily promotes. 
Unlike the Deep Linking issue which I find troubling because
it reeks of the W3C attempting to legislate, this can be a draft policy which
is promoted to the members of the W3C as a "good to implement" and then
to the governments as "good to reference normatively".  Of course, like
gun control, it tends to only keep the honest in line.  But it can be like PICS, a
sensible policy and makes it clear that when violated, a criminal act
is conducted and legal remedies are available to the aggrieved.  Like
Deep Linking, it is necessary for the lawmakers to understand as best
as they can, the implications of the application of technology.   That way,
they legislate the application or use and not the technology itself.
In short, the web is a good thing if not applied witlessly.  It seems we
can never forget the lessons of The Emperor's Nightingale or the
Rabbi's Golem.
-----Original Message-----
From: AndrewWatt2000@aol.com [mailto:AndrewWatt2000@aol.com]
Sent: Wednesday, October 23, 2002 2:04 PM
To: Bullard, Claude L (Len)
Cc: xml-dev@lists.xml.org; sem-web@yahoogroups.com; www-rdf-comments@w3.org
Subject: Re: [xml-dev] Semantic web?

In a message dated 23/10/2002 18:54:59 GMT Daylight Time, clbullar@ingr.com writes:

Databases leak.

I guess that's what we could call Information Incontinence.

Andrew Watt


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