First Steps Towards An Abstract Model for The Policy-Aware Web
The Policy-Aware Web is the promise for supporting policy management at the Web infrastructure level. A policy is any set of rules or statements that capture and express the requirements of individuals and organisations from a corporate, legal, best practices, and/or social perspective. Currently, policy languages exist that cover and broadly address privacy, access control, and obligation management areas. However, what is missing is an overall framework and architecture for these policy languages to interoperate and provide an accountable, enforceable, flexible and trusted experience for the web community. This paper looks at the technical issues in moving towards a common policy framework and model that both encapsulates the many vertical interests and provides dependable architectures for deployment. The common framework will also provide for cross-policy interaction and semantic understanding.