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Re: Suggestion: Remove "non-fiat money" from the draft Web Payments IC Charter

From: Melvin Carvalho <melvincarvalho@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 17:59:37 +0200
Message-ID: <CAKaEYhLQD-_n=M+uN=6V0wwOcFskPQD5-xGPhOmWbELJp1nDHw@mail.gmail.com>
To: Joseph Potvin <jpotvin@opman.ca>
Cc: public-webpaymentsigcharter <public-webpaymentsigcharter@w3.org>, Web Payments CG <public-webpayments@w3.org>
On 1 September 2014 17:24, Joseph Potvin <jpotvin@opman.ca> wrote:

> I just now noticed the phrase "non-fiat money" in the second bullet point
> of the first section on scope, which reads in its entirety:
> "Non-traditional currencies (this term covers multiple cases such as the
> commonly called cryptocurrencies
> <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cryptocurrency>, digital currencies,
> virtual currencies, non-fiat money. This category is sometimes designed as
> "non-governmental units-of-account" by some International organizations )"
> The phrase "non-fiat money" is an anomaly in this otherwise precise and
> meaningful statement. It introduces confusion, because whether or not
> something is deemed by fiat to represent or to communicate value is
> orthogonal to whether or not it is a traditional currency instrument.
> Certainly, for example, BTC's reputation and reported unit value is based
> upon a community fiat.

Doesn’t fiat imply government?

> Tentatively I would recommend to remove "non-fiat money" with no need to
> replace it with anything instead.However perhaps those who recommended to
> include this phrase would prefer to suggest a substitute that communicates
> better what they intended, while also resolving the issue I'm raising here.
> --
> Joseph Potvin
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