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Jun. 3rd, 2004

10:39 pm - FOAF-trolls

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This entire concept of FOAF seems very intresting and promising, but I do have to ask, it also is based on the conept that a web users FOAF file would be correct, yes? There's nothing preventing someone from creating a FOAF file that isn't a real reflection of themselves.

Do you think these "FOAF-trolls" may prove to be a problem, or just something we'll have to live with?

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Date:June 3rd, 2004 09:09 pm (UTC)
There's that tricky 'correct' epistimology problem as well...

Date:June 3rd, 2004 10:17 pm (UTC)
How about just adding in a PGP-style web of trust? I haven't thought the details through but I imagine it's do-able..
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Date:June 4th, 2004 05:15 am (UTC)
There is a web of trust FOAF project, which basically relies on a detached GnuPG signature. Then you can verify the authorship of FOAF files using GnuPG.
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Date:October 9th, 2004 06:29 pm (UTC)
Yes, this will *definitely* be a problem, even with GPG, and especially
when considering that the broad masses aren't really using GPG.

FOAF is nice, but i fear it'll have the same problems soon which E-Mail
has now. (Maybe that's a RDF problem, though.) If you want to know my
opition, all those semantic web things shouldn't be technically usable at
all without a proper GPG key.

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Date:November 25th, 2004 04:29 am (UTC)

faof trust

Why is it a problem. As long as people only list true friends as friends in thier foaf files then it's ok. If you don't trust someone, don't list them as a friend. Simple