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Joining the group

From: John Sullivan <johns@fsf.org>
Date: Tue, 17 Sep 2013 18:01:13 -0400
To: public-webpayments@w3.org
Message-ID: <87txhj3y6u.fsf@myles.home.wjsullivan.net>

Manu suggested I introduce myself after joining the group.

I'm the executive director at the Free Software Foundation. We are very
interested in the concept of easy international (micro)payments, because
we want to facilitate money flowing from free software users to free
software developers.

In addition to wanting to receive general donations ourselves, we have
our own (slowly expanding) semi-directed donations program at
<https://my.fsf.org/donate/working-together/> where people can make
donations that will help particular project areas, and we are the
steward over these donations in traditional fashion (so they are
actually tax-deductible and the expenditures are monitored).

But, we are also working to set up a non-tax-deductible system where
users can just send money to developers through a trusted system.

For us, any system that we would promote would need to be usable with
free software. Currently that means we can't use any of the portable
credit card readers we know about, for example. And it means we shy away
from promoting some other online payment options because they require
proprietary JavaScript. We need better ways. :)

Looking forward to the discussions in this group, and contributing what
I can on behalf of the FSF!


John Sullivan | Executive Director, Free Software Foundation
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