[FoRK] Re: [ptp-general] Facebook used for wifi access control
<gojomofork at xavvy.com> on
Fri Nov 2 16:39:47 PDT 2007
Re: FB links for wifi access and encrypted mail
Indeed, these sorts of apps -- using the 'social graph' to fix the
various authentication issues that are drowning email, the web, and
other channels in spam and malice -- are a big reason for the
You'd need a lot of crypto magic dust to make an open, decentralized
alternative offer the same benefits -- but such systems are inscrutable
to most people. No one's cracked the crypto comprehension/usability nut.
But people can understand 'friend-of-friend' much better than
And having some profit-motivated entity with a zealous proprietary
interest in the quality of the graph is a feature, not a bug. So lots of
the kum-ba-ya "let's open it all up" talk is missing the point.
SSNs are awful -- despicable! -- as the master key to peoples' credit
and identity. But somehow, this practice has enabled more commerce than
crime for the last few decades, and thus the practice continues.
Facebook's proprietary social graph and walled garden may be an awful --
despicable! -- way to bootstrap trusted communication. But it could be
good enough for quite a while.
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