Category Archives: Blockchain

Verifiable Claims and Distributed Identifiers at W3C

It’s always exciting to write about great work going on at W3C with potential to have a huge impact on humanity. One of the use cases in the Verifiable Claims work is to give stateless refugees a way to identify themselves safely. Other use cases in education, in government, in banking,  have potential to change […]

Perspectives on Payments Canada Summit 2018

At the Payments Canada Summit, 9-11 May 2018 in Toronto, the historically conservative Canadian Financial Industry heard some consistent themes from many of the conference speakers: technology change is happening now and will continue to accelerate, so adapt quickly or be left behind. And data is the new currency. The World Wide Web Consortium’s (W3C) […]

ODRL: A Path Well Travelled

In 2000 – the height of the dotcom boom and bust – a small startup in Australia embarked on a journey to build the next generation digital book store (ebooks back then) and promote an open ecosystem for the trading of digital assets. They formed the Open Digital Rights Language (ODRL) Initiative and quickly assembled […]

Building Blocks to Blockchains: a Report on the W3C Blockchains and the Web Workshop

In June, W3C hosted a workshop to determine whether there were any aspects of blockchains that intersected with Web technologies, and if there were any specific technologies that were mature enough to consider for incubation toward standardization. We had lots of promising discussions and identified several next steps. You can read more details in the […]