Google Summer of Code 2013

By Manu Sporny | Published March 12th, 2013

We’ve submitted our application to take part in the 2013 Google Summer of Code event. If you are a student and are interested in not only learning about how the Web is built, but taking an active role in creating the foundation that billions of people around the world use, here’s your chance. Our company…

PaySwarm Alpha Updates

By David Lehn | Published January 4th, 2013

It’s been quiet recently on this blog… because we’ve been busy! RDFa and JSON-LD standards are coming along nicely and the Web Payments work is progressing. Our payment standards effort has been focused on our PaySwarm implementation but we haven’t forgotten the specs and will get back to working on them as soon as we…

PaySwarm Beta Launched

By Manu Sporny | Published July 10th, 2012

This wasn’t a typical Beta launch… it wasn’t what we intended to do when we started. We have been focused on creating an open, universal payment standard for the Web for the past 24 months. In late February, we launched an alpha release of the PaySwarm reference implementation with a plan to release a commercial…

New PaySwarm Alpha Launched for Developers

By Manu Sporny | Published February 22nd, 2012

In May of last year, we launched the first public PaySwarm system for developers. The system implemented the open standards-based, patent-and-royalty free, PaySwarm specifications that enable developers to perform Web Payments. We have learned quite a bit from that deployment, which resulted in core changes to the specification and developer website. Today, we are pleased…

Structured Data Usage in the Wild

By Manu Sporny | Published February 4th, 2012

A few weeks ago, we announced the launch of the Data Driven Standards Community Group at the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). The focus is on researching, analyzing and publicly documenting current usage patterns on the Internet. Inspired by the Microformats Process, the goal of this group is to enlighten standards development with real-world data….

Web Payments: PaySwarm vs. OpenTransact Comparison (Part 3)

By Manu Sporny | Published January 8th, 2012

This is a continuing series of blog posts analyzing the differences between PaySwarm and OpenTransact. The originating blog post and subsequent discussion is shown below: Web Payments: PaySwarm vs. OpenTransact Shootout by Manu Sporny OpenTransact the payment standard where everything is out of scope by Pelle Braendgaard Web Payments: PaySwarm vs. OpenTransact Shootout (Part 2)…

Web Payments: PaySwarm vs. OpenTransact Comparison (Part 2)

By Manu Sporny | Published January 1st, 2012

The Web Payments Community group is currently evaluating two designs for an open payment platform for the Web. A thorough analysis of PaySwarm and OpenTransact was performed a few weeks ago, followed by a partial response by one of the leads behind the OpenTransact work. This blog post will analyze the response by the OpenTransact…

Web Payments: PaySwarm vs. OpenTransact Comparison (Part 1)

By Manu Sporny | Published December 11th, 2011

The W3C Web Payments Community Group was officially launched in August 2011 for the purpose of standardizing technologies for performing Web-based payments. The group launched at that time because Digital Bazaar had made a commitment to publish the PaySwarm technology as an open standard and eventually place it under the standardization direction of the W3C. During last week’s Web Payments telecon, a discussion ensued about using the OpenTransact specification as the basis for the Web Payments work at W3C. Inevitably, the group will have to thoroughly vet both technologies to see if it should standardize PaySwarm, OpenTransact, or both.

Web Payments Group Launched at W3C

By Manu Sporny | Published August 16th, 2011

The Web continues to transform the way humankind communicates and builds our world. At the heart of most of these endeavors is the exchange of value. Gifts, attention, and payments each play a role in the ecosystem that we call the economy. Until now, there has been no open and universal way of sending and…

PaySwarm Developer Sandbox Launched

By Manu Sporny | Published May 5th, 2011

After being in development for around 9 months, we are proud to announce the first release of the PaySwarm Developer Sandbox. This release includes a working implementation of the PaySwarm universal payment platform, an OAuth-based REST API, and a WordPress plugin that allows articles to be sold in a standards-compliant manner.

WebID and W3C Identity Workshop

By Manu Sporny | Published April 30th, 2011

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is starting to tackle the sticky issue of identity on the Web. For those not familiar with the W3C name – they are the stewards of a number of the most important standards that make the Web work – the HTML, CSS, DOM, XML, RDFa, SVG and a number of other specifications and technologies. There will be an Identity in the Browser workshop in Mountain View, California on May 24th and 25th 2011. Digital Bazaar was asked to submit a position paper for the workshop, and this blog post summarizes some of the information in that paper.

The PaySwarm Vocabulary

By Manu Sporny | Published March 31st, 2011

In our push toward the first public release of the PaySwarm standard, development platform, and commercial release of the first PaySwarm Authority – we have released a key building block of the PaySwarm specification: The PaySwarm Vocabulary. The vocabulary outlines the concepts that are active on any PaySwarm-compliant network – people, financial accounts, assets, licenses, listings and contracts. The vocabulary is used by PaySwarm applications to communicate with one another using a common commerce language.

Payment Standards and Competition

By Manu Sporny | Published February 28th, 2011

We are often asked why Digital Bazaar is creating a standard for Universal Payments on the Web. Visa and Mastercard exist. PayPal is widely known and used. Google Checkout and Amazon Payments also cover retailers willing to hitch their store to yet another proprietary checkout mechanism. The brands are well known and recognized. Many competitors and good brand recognition are good for the marketplace, right?

Not Always.

Towards Universal Web Commerce

By Manu Sporny | Published January 31st, 2011

The PaySwarm Reference Platform uses the Semantic Web. That means that it understands the information it reads in a web page and uses that knowledge to accomplish its tasks, for example, performing financial transactions. Machines understand what is in a web page by reading meta-data embedded in the page. The meta-data is expressed using a machine-readable vocabulary to describe human concepts. Vocabularies are basically dictionaries for computers – telling them more about each concept described by a particular term. In our push toward the first public release of the PaySwarm Reference Platform, we have released two of these vocabularies. One of them is for describing Commercial exchanges and one is for describing Digital Signatures. This blog post discusses what each one of them does and how they fit into the greater PaySwarm ecosystem.

Making Payments Frictionless

By Manu Sporny | Published September 12th, 2010

We always strive to make using the PaySwarm web platform as simple as possible for developers. With that goal in mind, we are launching a new PaySwarm Developer API and a development website today. We are also releasing a demonstration of the PaySwarm web platform as it applies to bloggers, journalists, newspapers and magazines…