[OpenID] OpenID, P2P and decentralization

Recordon, David drecordon at verisign.com
Fri Mar 2 19:42:35 UTC 2007

Agreed, if you're using a public identifier then what is the harm.

I'd also have no problem giving someone your email address,
paulmadsen at rogers.com, since you've made it a public identifier by
posting to publicly archived mailing list.  Same would apply for
something like Ben Laurie's phone number since he posts it publicly at

Now if you've shared an identifier with me which you don't use in a
public fashion, then I would respect that and not share it.

So same thing with an OpenID URL or iname.  If it is being used publicly
http://davidrecordon.com or =kaliya then I don't see why it being
referenced in a public fashion is a bad thing.


-----Original Message-----
From: general-bounces at openid.net [mailto:general-bounces at openid.net] On
Behalf Of Carl Howells
Sent: Friday, March 02, 2007 11:37 AM
To: Paul Madsen
Cc: general at openid.net
Subject: Re: [OpenID] OpenID, P2P and decentralization

(Sorry for the double-email Paul, I forgot how this list is set up.)

Because an OpenID isn't private information?  The whole *point* of the
system is that it's a public-facing identifier.


Paul Madsen wrote:
 > David, you wouldn't give out my email, my home address, my SIN, or my
phone number without asking yourself whether I might object, why should
an OpenID be different?
 > paul
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