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Re: [Payments Architecture] A vision statement for the web payments architecture work

From: Timothy Holborn <timothy.holborn@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 22 May 2015 13:13:34 +0000
Message-ID: <CAM1Sok1SxRP2JgTDFTViN64zX342O8G4jqXJKyKrPLZPgOk0ow@mail.gmail.com>
To: Adrian Hope-Bailie <adrian@hopebailie.com>, Melvin Carvalho <melvincarvalho@gmail.com>
Cc: Web Payments CG <public-webpayments@w3.org>, Web Payments IG <public-webpayments-ig@w3.org>
 On 23:09, Fri, 22/05/2015 Adrian Hope-Bailie <adrian@hopebailie.com> wrote:

I think most are in agreement that decentralized is better than centralized
for a democratised system where the goal is to give no party an advantage
over others purely due to the architecture of the system.

When decentralisation is the goal, its worth considering that the goal is
likely to define a decentralisation model that is inclusively considered at
every possible level.

If systems are entirely decentralised at one level, but entirely
centralised on another level of the same system due to percieved functional
issues, then overall we dont end-up with an overall outcome of improved
decentralisation, imho.

Having said that, I'm not sure  what you mean by "payments should be
decentralized". Can you explain or propose the content you think would be


On 22 May 2015 at 12:33, Melvin Carvalho <melvincarvalho@gmail.com> wrote:

 On 18 May 2015 at 14:58, Adrian Hope-Bailie <adrian@hopebailie.com> wrote:

 The IG are trying to finalize a short vision statement for the work we are
undertaking, specifically with regards to the architecture we will be
developing, for payments on the Web.

The document is intended to express the technical principles we consider
important in the design of the architecture and I'd appreciate some input
on it's content.

The document is also intended to be short, less than a page, and as such
not too detailed. It's purpose is to frame the design and allow all
stakeholders to agree up front that we are aligned on our vision.

The audience should be broad, and not necessarily payments or Web
technology experts, but since this is related to the design of a technical
architecture the content will be technical.

Please have a look at the first draft of this document and send me your


  Does the IG think payments should be decentralized?

If so, perhaps a short bullet point on that?



p.s. Thanks Ian Jacobs for the initial work in getting this started.
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