Re: [Ideas] [lisp] WG Review: IDentity Enabled Networks (ideas)

Padma Pillay-Esnault <> Wed, 11 October 2017 17:32 UTC

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Subject: Re: [Ideas] [lisp] WG Review: IDentity Enabled Networks (ideas)
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On Wed, Oct 11, 2017 at 9:15 AM, Christian Huitema <>

> On 10/11/2017 7:56 AM, Robert Moskowitz wrote:
> and 'identity' is a red flag.
> Whow there!  You were part of the Namespace Research Group?  I think?  I
> was and we we worked a lot on this and came to the conclusion that there
> could be no conclusion.  Not even a rough concensus, it seemed.
> I have been using 'identity' to apply to things for 20 years. Pretty much
> ever since I started working with things.  Anyone that holds the position
> that 'identity' means we are talking only about people are allowing their
> thinking to be clouded.
> I am concerned that the current proponents of the IDEAS work are mainly
> resisting the feedback, treating it as some roadblock put in the path of
> their work by misguided privacy purists, and attempting to remove the
> roadblocks by adding some weasel words to the charter. I would feel much
> more confident if these proponents acknowledged the tension between privacy
> and stable identifiers of any sort, if that tension was clearly noted in
> the charter, and if privacy goals were clearly stated.
As one of the proponents, I feel I need to speak up because blanket
statements are just not helping.

Speaking on behalf of my fellow proponents, we have always welcomed
constructive feedback from people who want/can contribute and make the
technology better. We have been willing to clarify the charter
(clarification does not mean weaseling).

If it is helpful to  move forward, I am willing to volunteer for this work
and discuss with anyone to ensure constructive feedback and comments are

Specifically, I think there is a contradiction between some of documents.
> For example, draft-padma-ideas-problem-statement-01 states that:
>    o  A single entity may have multiple IDs, and IDs of the same entity
>       may have different life spans that are different from the lifespan
>       of the entity.  Furthermore, it is understood that IDs may have
>       different lifecycles, which may be permanent or ephemeral by
>       choice or design.
>    o  Ephemeral (temporary) IDs may be used as a short-lived pseudonym
>       for a permanent ID to protect the privacy of the related entity.
> But then, draft-ccm-ideas-identity-use-cases-01 states that:
>    a.  Unique and Permanent Identity representing the entity enables
>        authentication (AUTH) with the mapping and Identity services
>        infrastructure.  While it is possible to do AUTH on Identifiers
>        those are not permanently associated to the entity.  Moreover,
>        AUTH operation is a relatively an expensive and inefficient
>        procedure (compared to LOC resolution for example) and can cause
>        excessive startup delays for lot of applications.
As said earlier this draft was not updated by the authors and a new version
was posted yesterday.

> The tension is obvious. On one hand, the ephemeral identifiers envisaged
> in the problem statement would pretty much align the privacy properties of
> the ID to those of IPv6 privacy addresses, and that's good. On the other
> hand, the requirement to perform authentication on identities completely
> negates that property.
> I would be fine if the support for "Unique and Permanent Identity" was
> explicitly excluded from the charter.

AFAIK, none of the proponents resisted that.

> There is obviously a need to support some form of access control to a
> mapping database,


> but you do not need a reference to a permanent identity for that --
> systems similar to CGA would work just fine.

The identity of the device is just adding a lever of identifier which
effectively allows authentication to modify the identifiers used by that
device but also what the users of these identifiers can look up. If we had
used "user of identifier" it would have been misconstrued for humans. So
damn if you do and damn if you don't ...

We are open for discussions anytime.


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