[OpenID] OpenID, P2P and decentralization

Martin Atkins mart at degeneration.co.uk
Sat Mar 3 12:19:08 UTC 2007

Recordon, David wrote:
> 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
> http://www.apache-ssl.org/ben.html.
> 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.

I think the crux of the issue is that it's left up to each person's 
judgement as to whether a particular identifier for a friend is okay to 
share in a particular context. This is not a problem that technology 
will cause nor solve; people just have to make sure that they only 
present information of any kind to people who they trust to use it 

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