[sugar] [Post-trial2] Buddy identification: security and UI requirements?
Sun Jul 22 11:49:43 EDT 2007
I can design some UI's if necessary
maybe something with Horror Vacuii..ie: the "evil one"
something that is pretty universa/
Horror Vacuii=represented by eyes all over the face
On 7/22/07, Bert Freudenberg <bert at freudenbergs.de> wrote:
> Just to be sure: I assume you are referring to a petname sytem, Eben?
> I think this is indeed a very nice and simple solution to a hard
> - Bert -
> On Jul 21, 2007, at 23:21 , Eben Eliason wrote:
> > I, too will need to think in much more depth about this problem. I
> > know I discussed a few of the implications with Dan as he began
> > implementing the PS early on.
> > From an interaction design perspective, I don't think that it's
> > necessary to allow name changes (or at least, we don't need to make it
> > trivial, like changing colors will be). The idea is that children
> > will be identified by their given name, and as such I'd rather not
> > refer to a "nickname", unless we actually make the distinction between
> > a nickname (changeable) and real name (much less so). This doesn't
> > guarantee security, of course, but it does make it harder to
> > impersonate someone.
> > Also, we discussed possibilities for what might happen when a child
> > changes colors, photos, etc. One possibility is that these children
> > are rendered slightly differently in the UI, perhaps with a badge. By
> > clicking on them (or some interaction not yet determined...perhaps for
> > friends you actually get a notification message) you will be able to
> > see the former colors/photo (as stored on your machine) and the new
> > colors/photo (as provided by them). This would make it rather
> > difficult for Bob to spoof your friend Alice, assuming that you have
> > ever in the past received Bob's identity info, since he would always
> > have to advertize "I'm Alice, formerly known to you as Bob."
> > I suppose this would actually be sufficient if we also specially
> > identified friends in the UI as well, as you mention, perhaps by
> > applying a star badge to them. In that case, any friend of yours who
> > attempts to spoof another friend of yours will be rendered the same,
> > but will also initiate an "identity change" message. Any non-friend
> > of yours - even those you've never seen before - can try as they might
> > to spoof a friend of yours, but can never have the star badge.
> > As another note, when these changes in identity occur, its probably
> > beneficial for the children to view the "identity change" message
> > before the interface adjusts the rendering of the XO whose identity
> > changed. That way you can find Alice rendered in pink/purple as
> > you're used to, without being temporarily confused by the fact that
> > she changed overnight to green/yellow.
> > As far as unique naming goes, as I mentioned, I'd really prefer to use
> > real names. Real names, of course, aren't always unique. I'd like to
> > use first names only by default, adding the last initial in the
> > display when first names conflict. Of course, when the last initial
> > conflicts, we could use full last names. Beyond that, we're mostly
> > out of luck, but perhaps that doesn't matter in the general case. If,
> > however, you want to make two people with identical names your
> > friends, the "make friend" process could check the list of current
> > friends, find the match, and alert you to it, offering to let you
> > modify the name that you locally use to represent the new friend.
> > This has the added bonus that, if an outsider you've never before seen
> > tries to spoof a friend, and you try to make the outsider your friend
> > thinking that you accidentally de-friended the person they're
> > spoofing, you'll get the duplicate friend message and think twice
> > about continuing.
> > - Eben
> > On 7/21/07, Ivan Krsti? <krstic at solarsail.hcs.harvard.edu> wrote:
> >> On Jul 21, 2007, at 4:07 PM, Simon McVittie wrote:
> >>> (Mailing this now while I remember, because this is something we
> >>> need to
> >>> think about relatively soon after Trial 2, I think. Daf and I will
> >>> be in
> >>> Boston on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday trying to debug
> >>> collaboration, so it'd
> >>> be great if we could talk to Ivan and Eben about this while we're
> >>> there.)
> >> I'll read the rest of the message in a bit; can you meet with me at
> >> 2PM Monday? I'm extremely busy the first three days of next week.
> >> --
> >> Ivan Krsti? <krstic at solarsail.hcs.harvard.edu> | http://radian.org
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