Working Groups

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Special
Interest
Groups

Special Interest Groups (SIGs) are vertical, industry-centric groups where EEA members in a specific industry segment exchange information, share use cases, and work together to ensure that the EEA technical specification supports their specific industry market requirements. To foster information exchange and collaboration, SIGs host phone calls, webinars, and in-person meetings that often feature speakers and industry presentations on important blockchain concepts and technical innovations.

To add in the development of EEA technical specifications, SIGs will often submit their requirements and/or use cases to the EEA Technical Specification Working Group for inclusion in these spec development efforts.

The SIGs serve to provide important touchpoints for program managers, business professionals, architects, and others who want to stay informed on blockchain technologies and industry happenings as well as advance the state of the art for their respective companies and industries.

Current Special Interest Groups (more are being planned)

  • Advertising and Media
  • Education and Research
  • Energy
  • Financial Services
  • Healthcare
  • Real Estate
  • Supply Chain
  • Telecommunications

Technical Working Groups

EEA Technical Working Groups collaborate to develop open, standards based-specifications to accelerate the acceptance and deployment of Ethereum blockchain solutions within the global marketplace. These groups ensure that deliverables developed by the EEA and the specific industry requirements developed by the SIGs are prepared properly for inclusion in specification development.

The Technical Working Groups can create task forces to focus on specialized areas and may produce specifications, or may determine how to use existing standards to resolve problems. One example is the Off-chain Trusted Computing task force, which has developed the EEA Trusted Compute specification and continues to refine it for inclusion in the  main client specification at an appropriate stage. The Technical Working Groups provide support to help EEA members understand what they need, and provide a focal contact point for the broader community to make requests or ask questions.

The Technical Specification Working Group (TSWG) continues the evolution of the EEA specification, by creating standards for enterprise Ethereum deployment that meets client needs, and ensures quality implementation and interoperability in permission networks. The TSWG address requests from EEA member, who want specifications that are compatible with as many Ethereum main-net components as possible to minimize customization and maintenance costs.

Technical Specification Working Group and Task Forces

  • A.I. and Blockchain Task Force
  • Analytics User Task Force
  • Communications Protocol Task Force
  • Digital ID Task Force
  • Multiplatform Task Force
  • Trusted Execution Task Force
  • Security Task Force

Certification Working Group: Starting in 2019
TestNet Working Group: Starting in 2019

Legal Advisory Working Group

The EEA Legal Advisory Work Group (LAWG) is open and may be of interest to any size and type of law firms, including, without limitation, large global law firms, solo practitioners and corporate in-house counsel. The LAWG was established to target a number of objectives, including (among others): to educate the legal industry about the benefits of blockchain technology; establish and improve the best practices and standards in the legal field, including smart contracts; learn about ongoing use cases, product development and proof of concepts; provide a forum for discussions among legal professionals and their clients or customers regarding ongoing legal issues and questions in the industry for further research; and contribute requirements towards the development and standardization of enterprise Ethereum specifications. The LAWG can create task forces to focus on certain specific areas or issues.

Current Task Forces within LAWG include the following:

Token Sales Task Force discusses and addresses various questions and issues around ICO(s), evolution of security tokens, classification of tokens and their legal analysis; and various regulatory issues around token issuances and sales.

Smart Contracts Task Force discusses standards and standard implementation topics for smart contracts and the issues related to their formation, performance, fulfilment and enforcement, including, contribute requirements towards the development and standardization of enterprise Ethereum specifications and establishment and improvement of best practices and standards in the legal field.

Privacy/IP Task Force focuses on the correlation between blockchain, privacy and IP law and discusses topics related to copyright, licensing, IP assignment, cybersecurity, issues arising from digital ownership and transfer of digital assets, ownership and management of personal data/identity and others.

AML/KYC Task Force discusses and addresses various legal questions and trending topics, including controversial subjects, debating points, potential changes to the law, proposed legislation and regulatory notices in the area of anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing, including know-your-customer and related regulatory compliance obligations and best practices. The Task Force conducts collaborative group work projects, such as providing feedback and recommendations on standards setting documents; involving guest speakers and presenters on related topics; and discussing other AML/CTF/KYC related legal issues. The Task Force may also occasionally address laws in related areas such as economic sanctions and export controls.

Tax Task Force focuses on tax structure and issues of various crypto related transactions, tax treatment of related investments, IRS climate and regulation of crypto markets.

Supply Chain Task Force addresses the topics of supply chains and how blockchains could solve some of the issues of Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) systems, supply chain agreements and smart contracts, interaction of supply chain management systems with customs and borders regulatory functions and other related issues.

Settlement & Clearance Task Force discusses payment settlements and clearance issues for distributed ledger-based technology and solutions, including application of standards to payment systems that employ distributed ledger-based solutions and related statutory, regulatory, contractual and/or operational elements applicable to such distributed ledger-based solutions.

Other Working Groups

Legal Advisory Working Group and Task Forces

  • Privacy / IP Task Force
  • Settlement & Clearance Task Force
  • Smart Contract Standards Task Force
  • Supply Chain Task Force
  • Tax Task Force
  • Token Sales Task Force