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W3C Workshop Overview and Summary

Stéphane Boyera

W3C Workshop on the Role of Mobile Technologies in Fostering Social Development

Sao Paulo, Brazil, June 3 2008

W3C: Leading the Web to its Full Potential

Founded by Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee in 1994 ...

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  • 1994: Creation of W3C for standardization and interoperability of Web technologies
  • 1997: Creation of the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI): To make the Web Accessible
  • 2005: Creation of the Mobile Web Initiative (MWI): To Access the Web from Mobile Phones
  • 2008: Creation of the Mobile Web for Social Development Interest Group (MW4D) to investigate the role of the Mobile Web to bridge the Digital Divide

Context: W3C Mobile Web for Social Development

sms based system to get the market price for goods
  • Vision
    • Mobile Phones have the highest potential to be the primary ICT platform
      • 3+billion phones
      • >80% of the World Population covered
    • Proof of concept already exists
    • Joint coordinated action required to move to the next step, a World with thousand services available.
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MW4D Objectives

Summary of key points

Technical Solutions

Integrating Grassroot Experience

Role of Governments and policy makers

Education / capacity building