Came across - yet another identity solution - this time from Tim Berners Lee's SOLID project:

At 1:28 in the video, Henry adds a person as his contact because it's using his friend's picture. This is a surprisingly weak trust model in 2022.

Uninformed opinion but Solid seems destined for failure. Overly complex where it doesn't need to be (uses RDF) and too simple where it shouldn't be (cryptography).

OTOH, I find Twitter's BlueSky project's approach far more promising. Self-authenticating identities and data will be the way to go:

This is one thing ActivityPub / Mastodon devs should have gotten right but did not. I don't know if a reinvention is possible now.

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