Three Important Upcoming Web Payments Events

The next two months will bring three important events related to the Web Payments work at W3C:

  1. The deadline for voting in favor of an official Web Payments Activity at W3C is October 10th, 2014 (in days). If you know a W3C Member company, be sure to push them to vote in favor of the initiative via the online form. If you have any questions, contact Stephane Boyera <boyera@w3.org>.
  2. The first face-to-face meeting for the official Web Payments work will be October 27th and 28th at the W3C Technical Plenary, as long as the Web Payments Activity is approved (see #1). Make sure you have registered for W3C TPAC on those dates if you want to participate and are a W3C member. Early bird registration ends in days. If you have any questions, contact Stephane Boyera <boyera@w3.org>
  3. The Web Payments use cases are being finalized this week in preparation for a vote by the Web Payments Community Group, make sure you review the use cases and weigh in on those that concern you by October 3rd 2014 (in days). If you have any further questions, contact Manu Sporny <msporny@digitalbazaar.com>

If you want more information about any of these upcoming events, feel free to ask about them in the comments below, or email me directly. Details about each one of these events can be found below.

The Web Payments Activity Vote

The W3C is a member organization composed of roughly 389 technology companies, financial institutions, universities, governments, and NGOs. In order to start work officially, there is a process that is followed. Typically the W3C holds a workshop to get input, proposes a charter for one or more groups, and then has the membership vote on the charter.

The plan to initiate the Web Payments work followed this tried and true process. The worlds first Web Payments Workshop happened in March of this year in Paris. A charter for a Web Payments Interest Group was then proposed by the W3C and later refined by the workshop participants over the summer of 2014. The Web Payments Interest Group’s purpose is to identify gaps in the Web Platform with respect to payments and propose technical Working Groups to address those gaps.

This is all happening under a larger initiative at W3C called the Web Payments Activity. As the last set of pre-vote comments trickled in, the W3C opened the Web Payments Activity to an official vote by the W3C membership which is currently open (vote now!) and will close on October 10th 2014.

The W3C Technical Plenary

The W3C holds a technical plenary every year, usually led by a W3C host organization. Last year it was in Shenzhen, China. This year it will be in Santa Clara, California from October 27th-31st. If you want to be involved in the first Web Payments face-to-face meeting, register now for at least the first two days of the plenary. This meeting will set the tone and work plan for much of the next year. As an added bonus, this year is the 25th anniversary of the Web and the 20th anniversary of W3C. There will be a big gala dinner that you will not want to miss. It’s open to the public, so if you’re in Silicon Valley during that time, you may want to get your tickets now.

Web Payments Use Cases

The Web Payments Community Group has been hard at work organizing and refining the use cases that were raised at the Web Payments Workshop. The Community Group has spent close to 18 hours of teleconference time removing unnecessary cruft, more clearly expressing the core needs of each use case, and debating the merits of addressing each use case in the first iteration or latter iterations of the Web Payments work. The current list is going to go through a final review this week and then will be voted on by the community group to be formalized in a document and sent as input into the Web Payments Interest Group. If you would like to send your comments into the Web Payments Community Group, please do so by October 3rd, 2014.

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