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Privacy

Comparing the privacy of HTTP and LDAP

In several places of the InternetWide Architecture, we use LDAP as our data protocol — because it is the most refined standard protocol for digging around in data. What we haven't yet discussed is how its privacy compares to, say, HTTP.

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architecture

Using SASL with HTTP, Mail and LDAP in Nginx

All our work on identity must somehow end up benefiting applications. One of most interesting bits of software to do this is a frontend proxy. As so often, we find a few parts missing to complete our vision of a better-unified Internet.

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architecture,identity

NGI 3: Own your IDentity

When you were born, your parents selected a name (usually one that was not given to any siblings yet) and attached one of their last names. They registered you with that combination, and this is how you have been known for all your life. Wouldn't it be eerie when, upon registration of your name, the clerk had told you that all last names are coerced to that of an industrial who is currently sponsoring a new highway project? On today's Internet, this pattern is standard practice!

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architecture

NGI 2: The poverty of HTTP

Give a technician a hammer, and soon she'll see nails everywhere. Why use other tools, if a hammer works so well? This is pretty much the position that HTTP is in, and this is far from well-deserved. A healthy Internet requires a plethora of protocols, all optimised for their particular purposes.

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architecture

NGI 1: IPv4 is Killing Progress

IPv4 is no longer possible without NAT, which holds back the development of the Internet. In short, IPv4 has served its time and should be forcefully replaced by IPv6 in the coming 5-6 years.

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