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Supporting Vulnerable people.

From: Timothy Holborn <timothy.holborn@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Feb 2016 17:05:26 +1100
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To: W3C Credentials Community Group <public-credentials@w3.org>
A San Francisco worker has recently written an open-letter about a
homelessness problem throughout the region [1].

I believe credentials could be relatively easily used to produce an app
that can connect to other lower-cost identifiers (lower cost than mobiles
for instance) where people could donate products and services to homeless
people, in an effort to support those who've faced difficulty without
necessarily providing them cash; which may not be spent on things that
actually help.

Sometimes these people might need legal support. Clothing. A place to
Shower. all sorts of things that aid someone from getting to these very
terrible situations, into a situation of meaningful employment and
stability in life.  The trauma of these experiences also results in needs
for mental health care, indeed often it is a lack of access to these
services that results in homelessness; amongst many...


Given this has implications for the means in which Payments related
stakeholders could relatively easily address this problem, particularly
within the district that houses the worlds most power web-companies - who's
interested in funding, building, integrating and delivering a solution that
supports those more fortunate, to help those whos lives are threatened on
the streets.

I've spoken about this with manu. I'm particularly interested to see
whether stakeholders believe this is a use-case for credentials (that
they're willing to back), or whether an alternative means is recommended...

Timothy Holborn.

[1] https://twitter.com/WebCivics/status/700182165993058304
Received on Thursday, 18 February 2016 06:06:38 UTC

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