RevNet certification(?)

Richard Gaskin ambassador at
Thu May 29 00:01:00 EDT 2003

Alex Rice wrote:

> On Thursday, May 22, 2003, at 03:20  PM, Richard Gaskin wrote:
>> In the absence of any objective criteria, I may call the certificate
>> program
>> "Friends of Fourth World", and limit it to people I know personally
>> (literally friends).  Since I know most of the folks likely to add
>> lots of
>> entries into RevNet's index, today it's not much of an issue.  But
>> down the
>> road, as Rev's audience grows, I'd like to find some means of verifying
>> "trustworthiness" but without risking offending anyone.
>> Any suggestions?
> It occurs to me that the "web of trust" concept in public-key
> cryptography, like PGP, would be appropriate in this situation. You
> don't know person X, but a friend of a friend of a "Friends of Fourth
> World" may be able to vouch for person X.
> Maybe you can implement something like that in Revnet. Maybe something
> with MD5 or the other built-in Rev tools
> A google search for "web of trust" +PGP has lots of hits.

Thanks to the engine's built-in md5 support, crsafting a scheme isn't the
hard part.  The hard part is deciding who gets a certificate and who

 Richard Gaskin 
 Fourth World Media Corporation
 Developer of WebMerge 2.2: Publish any database on any site
 Ambassador at
 Tel: 323-225-3717                       AIM: FourthWorldInc

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