I haven't had creative energy for a while; but last night I did some initial thinking on a distributed protocol for "co-signing" that allows for folks to "like" or "agree" with something someone says on a different site that allows aggregators/browsers to confirm the linked content hasn't changed since it was co-signed.

Think of it like a layer over-and-beyond SSL; allowing people/domains to build _social_ trust without requiring shared control of OP/Signers sites.


The point is not to _remove the need for trust_ but to _develop mechanisms for demonstrating trust_.

Trust-less systems are not safe systems; trust-full systems are. So much of engineering effort is about navigating low/no trust systems; as opposed to developing systems that _generate_ trust.

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