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Web Payments Workshop looking great

From: Manu Sporny <msporny@digitalbazaar.com>
Date: Fri, 10 Jan 2014 16:06:28 -0500
Message-ID: <52D060D4.7040906@digitalbazaar.com>
To: Web Payments CG <public-webpayments@w3.org>
Hi all,

I've been working behind the scenes to get some heavy hitters
participating in the Web Payments Workshop, and have had to keep quiet
due to the nature of the talks. These were private conversations with
the hope that they'd become public some day and today is that day.

There have been a couple of additions to the Web Payments Workshop
Program Committee that are now public. I'd like to point out their
significance to the group, to demonstrate that this group is a part of
something big (for those of you that are not convinced of that yet):


Here are the three big new additions:

US Federal Reserve - Yes, /THE/ US Federal Reserve... the one with $4
trillion dollars on its balance sheet. The central banking system for
the United States of America which is responsible for conducting the
nation's monetary policy, supervising and regulating banking
institutions, maintaining the stability of the financial system and
providing financial services to depository institutions, the U.S.
government, and foreign official institutions. The Fed also conducts
research into the economy

SWIFT - The Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication
provides a network that enables 9,000+ financial institutions worldwide
to send and receive information about financial transactions leading to
the movement of trillions of dollars/Euro/etc. a month around the world.

Google - Google's Payment division is now involved in the workshop,
which means that we have three of the top five online payment providers
on board (Alipay and Amazon being the other two that we don't have
involved yet).

These organizations join the previous big names like Bloomberg,
Telefónica, the National Association of Convenience Stores, GS1, the
Internet Society, Yandex, PayPal, AT&T, the GSM Association, Gemalto,
ingenico, and Worldline along with rising stars like Ripple and Hub
Culture and leading researchers in the area like Martin Hepp of Good

We wanted to get a very diverse set of groups represented in this
workshop, and we're certainly off to a good start. Thanks to everyone at
W3C and the rest of the Web Payments Workshop Program Committee for
getting this great group of people together.

The next step is to evangelize the workshop and get more participation
from a broader set of interests than what we already have.

-- manu

Manu Sporny (skype: msporny, twitter: manusporny, G+: +Manu Sporny)
Founder/CEO - Digital Bazaar, Inc.
blog: The Worlds First Web Payments Workshop
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