Open Stack for Open Payments

Praveen Alavilli (PayPal), Ray Tanaka (X.commerce)
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Since the first eCommerce transaction was recorded back in 1981 dozens of payment alternatives have been introduced. Though the functionality and concepts for each solution remains nearly identical, the protocols and frameworks differ drastically from each other. Developers today are essentially forced to write custom code to integrate with each payment provider. This session explores how online payment platforms work, what kind of features and functionality they provide, various aspects of payment systems (security, privacy, payment networks, etc…), and the terminology used in the payments world. We will present our case for an Open Payments Platform to compliment the core foundations of the Open Social Web built on the technologies that are commonly referred to as “Open Stack”.

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Praveen Alavilli


Praveen Alavilli is the developer evangelist for the PayPal X Developer Network (www.×.com) helping developers monetize their ideas and applications using the PayPal’s Payments Platform. Prior to PayPal, Praveen worked at and AOL as a System Architect designing and building Web Authentication and Identity Systems. Praveen is also an active member of several Internet Identity communities like OpenID and OAuth.

Ray Tanaka


Ray Tanaka is Technical Design Lead on the PayPal Platform Team. In what he would describe as a prior life, Ray was Architect for PayPal’s Web Services APIs and Sandbox. These days he is determined to make the new Platform easy to use and flexible enough to meet the needs of all developers that want to enable payments. Outside of PayPal, he enjoys sleeping, digital photography, college sports, tinkering with gadgets and spending time with his family.

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