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Algorand Announces Membership in OpenWallet Foundation

Algorand Joins Google, Visa, Accenture, and others in global project to drive innovation and standards for digital wallets and payments

BILBAO, Spain, Sept. 19, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- The Algorand Foundation, the organization focused on growing the ecosystem for the world's most advanced, secure and reliable layer-1 blockchain, announces membership in the OpenWallet Foundation (OWF). OWF is an open source project advancing digital identity, access and payments by fostering collaboration across industries.

The news was shared on stage at the Open Source Summit Europe by OWF Board Members Ola Ben Har, Developer Relations Lead for Payments at Google, and Marie Austenaa, Head of Digital Identity for Visa.

Algorand is a distributed ledger & protocol built for real-world impact, with pure proof-of-stake consensus mechanism, instant block finality, atomic transaction groupings, and smart contract capabilities.

Hosted by Linux Foundation Europe, OWF provides a safe harbor for companies, non-profits, and the public sector to create open source software for interoperable digital wallets. Algorand joins a diverse group of member organizations including Google, Visa, Accenture, and the Cardano Foundation.

"Our role at Algorand Foundation is to support the development and scaling of enterprise-level web3 applications in our diverse ecosystem, and we recognize the ongoing significance of defining, contributing and adopting interoperable standards," says Bruno Martins, Principal Architect at Algorand Foundation. "We are thrilled to join the incredible network facilitated by OWF and look forward to working together to drive interoperability and innovation in digital wallets."

"Digital Wallets are critical for many use-cases from identity to access and of course crypto assets. Algorand is a leader in this space and I'm excited the Foundation joined OpenWallet," says Daniel Goldscheider, Founder and Executive Director at OWF.

Early this month, Algorand announced investments in two of the leading wallets in the Algorand ecosystem: Pera and Defly. The investments are intended to ensure a diverse and robust infrastructure and to support ecosystem growth.

About Algorand Foundation 

The Algorand Foundation is dedicated to helping fulfill the global promise of the Algorand blockchain by taking responsibility for its sound monetary supply economics, decentralized governance, and healthy and prosperous open-source ecosystem. Designed by MIT professor and Turing Award winning cryptographer Silvio Micali, Algorand is uniquely capable of delivering on the promise of a borderless global economy. It achieves transaction throughputs at the speed of traditional finance, but with immediate finality, near zero transaction costs, and on a 24/7 basis. For more information, please visit https://algorand.foundation

About OpenWallet Foundation

The OpenWallet Foundation (OWF) brings developers together to collaborate on standards-based OSS components that issuers, wallet providers and relying parties can use to bootstrap implementations that preserve user choice, security and privacy. With its 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 Europe. For more information, please visit openwallet.foundation.

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