Fwd: [dispatch] Introducing the Interledger Protocol

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Fwd: [dispatch] Introducing the Interledger Protocol

Alissa Cooper
Sharing this as an FYI since it involves folks who have been active in a W3C WG. The non-WG-forming BoF proposal is at https://trac.tools.ietf.org/bof/trac/wiki.

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From: Adrian Hope-Bailie <[hidden email]>
Subject: [dispatch] Introducing the Interledger Protocol
Date: May 30, 2016 at 3:43:36 PM PDT
To: DISPATCH <[hidden email]>


I am Adrian Hope-Bailie, employed at Ripple (ripple.com) and co-chair of the Web Payments Working Group at W3C. Some of you I know because we have met through the W3C and many of you I hope to meet in Berlin in July. I'm new to the IETF process and many RFCs later feel like I am getting to grips with things...slowly.

I have been in discussion with the ART and SEC ADs over the last few weeks regarding work being done in a W3C community group that I chair, the Interledger Community Group.

On the advice of the ADs I am seeking feedback/questions/comments as I work on a BoF proposal for this work, the Interledger Protocol.

Put simply, Interledger is an open, neutral, payment protocol that is modeled on the Internet stack and runs on the open Internet. It is a protocol to connect payment networks/ledgers/blockchains into a network of payment networks (in much the same way that TCP/IP creates a network of networks).

The idea for the work started at in 2015 Ripple and with the publishing of the Interledger Whitepaper in October became an open community effort. Since then the community group has grown to just shy of 200 participants. We held a packed to capacity all-day workshop in February in San Francisco and have another scheduled for 6 July in London (https://interldger.org/workshop)

There is a website with a lot of resources about the project at https://interledger.org as well as a reference implementation at https://github.com/interledger. This audience will likely be most interested in the architecture: https://interledger.org/rfcs/0001-interledger-architecture/

One of the more mature aspects of the work is a primitive used in the protocol called crypto-conditions. This has already been spec'd as an RFC: https://interledger.org/five-bells-condition/spec.html

We hold a bi-weekly conference call on Wednesday at 3pm UTC which i invite you attend this week (1 June) to ask any questions or just lurk and listen. The details of the call are sent to the mailing list ([hidden email]) in the agenda the day before. (To join the mailing list go to: https://www.w3.org/community/interledger/join).

I will also post the details to this thread.

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