The TAG's concerns about the Digital Object Architecture and the Web

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Recently, the UN's ITU has been involved in standardising and supporting a new architecture for resource identity and resolution, the Digital Object Architecture (DOA). Descriptions of the DOA indicate that it is designed to create and manage persistent identifiers for all entities in the Internet of Things, tracking and policing copyright, interoperable medical records, and authorising access to a network resources.

URIs and URLs form a proven mechanism for identifying resources on the Web and the Internet, have succeeded at a global scale in the decades since they were introduced, and are a central component of web architecture.

If the ITU has identified use cases not met by URIs and the existing Web architecture, the TAG welcomes collaboration about what adjustments are needed — in the context of existing open standards processes.

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