This interview with the author of #Zot & #Hubzilla has some interesting criticisms of #ActivityPub:
"The W3C editors haven’t provided a level playing field and I truly believe the specification is now worthless as a unifying force for the free web. [...] Any opportunity for free web unification using a common stack has probably been lost. Ironically, I believe this was ActivityPub’s primary goal, and that makes the specifications [...] flawed — critically."
@wu_lee Presumably someday ActivityPub version 2 will come along and fix some of ActivityPub's deficiencies. And surely Eugen will gain experience over time.
"These [zot] features [nomadic identity, decentralised access control] are totally alien to most every other network and service and you can't just create a patch to make them work. It's a completely different way of looking at the world and would take a complete re-write of most projects to realise or make compatible."
@wu_lee Yeah, those are definitely different things, though I am not sure how much I like those things. They add a lot of concerns I think are best avoided.
@dazinism I don't know if I'd say I have specific concerns, just a lot of doubt about the idea of you being able to log into arbitrary federated servers without having to fully trust every single server in your federation.
@wu_lee Obviously if you log into two different Mastodon instances, from a trust standpoint, you are two different identities, each trusting a given instance to maintain that identity.
But if, as Hubzilla seems to claim, you can log into your identity from a different server, doesn't every server have the ability to impersonate you?
Presumably you need to trust servers you use in both cases.
But not necessarily allow them to impersonate you (e.g if the messages are signed in your client).
Servers all need the same degree of trust.
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