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From YouTube: Architectures of Robust Openness -- Mark S. Miller keynote at ActivityPub 2019


As social systems grow, we need patterns to allow us to grow social connections while maintaining safety and trust. Ocaps (object capabilities) fill this void by allowing consensual connections between parties, and even allows participants to intentionally share those connections with others. But how can we allow for the establishing of new connections without opening us up to runaway abuse?

This talk discusses Horton, a "whodunnit" layer built on top of object capabilities, allowing us to establish connections while preserving accountability and the ability to reason about trust with a reduction of fear.