hey all, was wondering, is anyone still actively working on #nomadicidentity for the fediverse?
My interest in nomadic identity is somewhat inspired by scuttlebutt: to allow for migrating an account between servers, without needing the consent of the server you are migrating away from.
To start the conversation, and give a bit more detail on how I imagine this could be implemented:
I imagine you have a secret key for your account which is stored on your laptop (or bitwarden), not the server. Then when you want to migrate your account to another instance, you can use this secret key to re-create your account on the new server. The new server then makes (cryptographically authenticated) requests to the servers of all the people that were following you, telling them to follow your new account on the new server.
Basically server migration as I think it works now, but not requiring the consent of the server you were migrating away from.
I saw a thread related to this too, about what a .mbox file would like for the fediverse:
Ideally nomadic identity would bring one of my favorite parts of scuttlebutt, to the fediverse. I think if implemented well, without making anything more confusing. It would make the networks users build more resilient to possible destruction (intentionally or by negligence, from their server admins… which is something that can happen on the fediverse).
I’m not super versed in all the details of activity pub, but thought I would share, and would be very curious to hear anyone’s thoughts or related projects.
ps. I also posted about this on my mastodon account, but I thought this was probably a better place to ask.