In September, members of Google’s Chrome security team put forth a radical proposal: kill off URLs as we know them. The researchers aren’t actually advocating a change to the web’s underlying infrastructure. They do, though, want to rework how browsers convey what website you’re looking at, so that you don’t have to contend with increasingly long and unintelligible URLs—and the fraud that has sprung up around them. In a talk at the Bay Area Enigma security conference on Tuesday, Chrome usable security lead Emily Stark is wading into the controversy, detailing Google’s first steps toward more robust website identity.
I don’t know if Google’s proposed steps are any good, but I do like it that at least some people are not afraid to challenge the status quo. Things can always be better, and holding on to the past because “it’s always been that way” is a terrible argument.
Google controls the web with chrome. Google needs websites to be harder to find to force search.
This is the type of thing that’s apt to penalize advanced users while making things “easier” for regular users by selling off some freedoms most don’t realize that they have. With a browser currently one can get to any site by directly typing a known URL, even if that URL is to an intranet resource or not yet indexed. Without a direct interface to URLs that power is lost. The Web browser in Google Glass is a pretty good example of something partway there now; it can be really challenging to get to something that isn’t already in Google’s index, because the voice interface is going to auto-correct to something that Google thinks is popular and it wants to do a search for the page rather than a direct access of the page.
Oh yeah, I like it too when:
– demonstrably there is a deep knowledge of the flaws in current situation that can be better handled and a proper solution is proposed, preferably with its shortcomings also disclosed. There is nothing like that on the article;
– the group asking for change does not carry a veiled interest on the proposed solution.