[Openid-specs-ab] A call for clarity.

Tom Jones thomasclinganjones at gmail.com
Wed May 5 15:38:23 UTC 2021

This is a call to avoid dragging the muddle from verifiable credentials
into OpenID specs. The works of the W3C ccg have deliberately conflated all
of the actors in an identity ecosystem under the impression that such a
muddle will create something called "herd privacy". They have deliberately
chosen to be anarchic and amoral principles under a misguided idea that if
they avoid clear labels for things, then they will be "in compliance" with
the GDPR. This is wrong-headed. It is only by the actions of strong legal
and standards organizations that human beings can assert their rights
against governments and corporations.

I tried to reread the VC spec to see if I could draw some clarity from it,
but it just became increasingly clear that the point of that spec was not
clarity, but deliberate confusion. The mixing of attributes and claims is
complete, no line can be drawn between them. The mixing of credential and
presentations is complete. The very idea that a birth certificate is a
collection of claims is flat wrong. It is a legal assertion of a binding.

I want to take a strong stand for clarity and against the adoption of the
CCG muddle presented by Oliver's draft. It is a bad way to start a
standards process.

..tom jones
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