Re: future of identifiers

"Fred Baker (fred)" <fred@cisco.com> Wed, 06 November 2013 07:32 UTC

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From: "Fred Baker (fred)" <fred@cisco.com>
To: "Toerless Eckert (eckert)" <eckert@cisco.com>
Subject: Re: future of identifiers
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Date: Wed, 06 Nov 2013 07:32:23 +0000
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On Nov 5, 2013, at 6:54 PM, Toerless Eckert <eckert@cisco.com> wrote:

> Would be nice though if the concept of anonymous identy was better
> embodies in the IETF architecture.

Yes. That said, an identity identifies what someone thinks it identifies. Suppose you had a gold wrist band of a particular style; it might be emblematic of you. But suppose that you had gotten it as a member of some group, all of whom received it; while I might think of it as emblematic of you, it would actually only identify a member of that group.

An anonymous identity, I suspect, is indistinguishable from any other identity in type. But it might be something that is advertised as valid but not associated with an individual (suppose we had a PGP key for ietf@ietf.org?) or one that is shared by a set of actors.