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Re: Global Trade [Formerly: Tradehill Bitcoin exchange shut down for 2nd time in 2 years]

From: Charles Evans <cevans@chyden.net>
Date: Tue, 10 Sep 2013 08:21:35 -0400
Message-ID: <522F0ECF.8090108@chyden.net>
To: Web Payments CG <public-webpayments@w3.org>
Norbert's formulation is very good, so long as decentralized P2P were
not relegated to second-class status.

Within the USA specifically, and the OECD in general, integration with
the banking system and credit cards would be an improvement over what we
have now, but it would be useless for something like 80-90% of the
world's population (83% live outside the OECD and of the 17% inside,
many do not have bank accounts or credit cards).

Whether we get integration with everything from bank accounts to bitcoin
in one step or several is of secondary concern, so long as everyone with
access to a browser and the Internet ultimately can use it.


On 09/10/2013 07:41 AM, Norbert Bollow wrote:
> Ricardo Varela <phobeo@gmail.com> wrote:
>> hallo all,
>> I think the last part of your email offers a really good summary
>> about why I was suggesting that there are topics to be separated in
>> this group
>>> If W3C can get Bitcoin and other decentralized payment media
>>> integrated
>> into the browser, I expect that we'll see a massive jump in what is
>> already a non-trivial amount of P2P international trade.
>> Yes, of course that would be a great thing... the problem is that at
>> the moment, not even "centralized" payment media is integrated into
>> the browser, though.
>> Do we agree that by simple logic, the event "have decentralized
>> payment media integrated in the browser" depends on both "have
>> payments integrated in the browser" and "decentralized payments
>> becoming accepted and integrated"? Should we just try to get some
>> achievable deliverables on the first one rather than continuing with
>> the second?
> I think a good goal is: “Have payments integrated in the browser in a
> way that does not discriminate against decentralized payment media.”
> Greetings,
> Norbert
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