Report Analysis of Web Protocols for Trusted Contents published PDFPrintE-mail

Report Analysis of Existing Web Protocols for Trusted Content Published

PrimeLife has published its third deliverable. The report “Analysis of Existing Web Protocols for Trusted Content” aims at analyzing the existing web protocols with respect to the support they offer for realizing trustworthy content on the Internet as well as what limitations they pose for such a goal.

From the Abstract:

“We first lay out the principles of how we think one could achieve trustworthy content. In a nutshell, solution proposes to add metadata to the content that allows users to asses to what extend the content is trustworthy. The basic idea here is that entities who process the content (generate, modify, distribute,…) bind assertions about to the content to it. These assertions together with additional knowledge about the processing entities (which essentially are again assertions made by some entity), should allow users to assess the trustworthiness. We then list the relevant existing web protocols and discuss them in context of our architecture and solution sketch. Our conclusion is that the limitations of the current web protocols are not severe but that substantial work is required to implement our architecture.”

Jan Camenisch and James Riordan from IBM and Sandra Steinbrecher from TU Dresden compiled this 53 page document. It can be downloaded here.