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OpenWallet Foundation has three announcements at WSIS

Brussels – May 29 2024 –  The OpenWallet Foundation announces three milestones:

At WSIS in Geneva Doreen Bogdan Martin, Secretary General of the International Telecommunications Union and Albert Rösti, Federal Councilor of Switzerland revealed the intent to form the OpenWallet Forum which will be hosted by the ITU. The OpenWallet Forum will drive multistakeholder collaboration and discussions on interoperable digital wallets. ITU is the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies (ICTs), driving innovation in ICTs together with 193 Member States and a membership of over 1,000 companies, universities, and international and regional organizations.

Also at WSIS Sameer Chauhan, Director of the United Nations International Computing Centre and Jim Zemlin, CEO of the Linux Foundation announced that UNICC will work with the LF to provide a full mirror of all OpenWallet Foundation’s “git”-based source code repositories. This collaboration will ensure that the software is available to a global audience. It will further provide a vehicle for channeling software contributions from UNICC partners and affiliates upstream to the OpenWallet Foundation’s repositories.

We were also pleased to make public two new members of the OpenWallet Foundation. Hedera joined as General Member and NTT Digital is the first company from Japan joining OpenWallet, also as General Member. 

“OpenWallet was always meant a as multistakeholder initiative. I am thrilled with these announcements as they further the mission to bring public and private sectors together to work on secure interoperable wallets.” says Daniel Goldscheider, Founder and ED of the OpenWallet Foundation.

About the OpenWallet Foundation 

The OpenWallet Foundation (OWF) provides a safe space for developers to collaborate on standards-based open source components that issuers, wallet providers and relying parties can use to bootstrap implementations that preserve user choice, security and privacy. With the Government Advisory Council, OWF brings the public and private sector together to work towards open, secure and interoperable digital wallets. OWF is an open initiative under the umbrella of the Linux Foundation and headquartered in Brussels, Belgium. For more information, please visit