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Outcome of Credentials presentation at Web Payments IG / W3C TPAC

From: Manu Sporny <msporny@digitalbazaar.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Oct 2015 11:13:38 -0400
Message-ID: <562F94A2.5060600@digitalbazaar.com>
To: W3C Credentials Community Group <public-credentials@w3.org>
Hi all,

Overall, there is some good news wrt. Credentials from W3C TPAC.

The Credentials presentation was allotted 45 minutes during the Web
Payments Interest Group face-to-face meeting at the W3C Technical
Plenary (W3C TPAC) this week.

The tenor of the conversation this time around was much more positive
(with a number of people expressing reservations, but not objecting to
an attempt to formulate a properly scoped Working Group charter). The
group motioned to extend the time to discuss credentials to double the
time allotted (for the 8+ presentations, we were unique in generating
such a massive amount of discussion - mostly positive).

The bottom line is that the Web Payments Interest Group thinks that
Credentials are a high priority and that we should start gathering
supporting material together to write a draft working group charter.
Some of this supporting material that we're missing is an explanation
around why OpenID Connect, SAML, and a variety of the other technologies
don't work for our use cases. In other words, we have to justify what
makes this work different from everything else that has come before it.

The W3C staff were largely supportive of the initiative now, as were
many of the Web Payments IG members. The group has asked me to champion
the creation of a plan to start a Credentials WG and propose it to the
Web Payments Interest Group for approval in the next couple of weeks.

Note that this is a better outcome than we had hoped for, so when we get
back from W3C TPAC, it'll be time for the Credentials CG to hunker down
and work on getting a plan to form a Credentials WG formulated quickly.

-- manu

Manu Sporny (skype: msporny, twitter: manusporny, G+: +Manu Sporny)
Founder/CEO - Digital Bazaar, Inc.
blog: Meritora - Web payments commercial launch
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