W3C announced today Blockchains and the Web Workshop, 29–30 June 2016, in Cambridge, MA, USA, hosted by the MIT Media Lab.
Many projects and companies are looking at ways to use the Bitcoin
blockchain or other public or private distributed ledgers, to record an
immutable timestamped public record that can be independently verified by
any stakeholder. What does this mean for Web technologies, beyond payments? What emerging
capabilities could blockchains enable for the Web, such as distributed
identity management? Conversely, should features be added to the Web
Platform and to browsers to enable blockchain use cases, such as a
developers to take advantage of blockchains?
We invite participation from diverse players in the blockchain community:
Representatives from communities such as Bitcoin, Hyperledger, and
Ethereum; browser developers interested in adding support for blockchain
APIs, identity systems, and other functionality; digital currency
projects; financial institutions; developers of blockchain systems who
want to improve interoperability; privacy/security researchers; and more.
W3C membership is not required to participate. The event is open to all. All participants are required to submit a position paper by 27 May 2016.