The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is hosting an interoperability session in New York City on June 21, to "test drive" P3P and to demonstrate its potential uses and capabilities to a broad audience of software and hardware developers, and Web site operators. The "interop" session is set to start on June 21, 10 a.m., in the auditorium of the AT&T Building, 32 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY. The W3C is encouraging all interested developers and Web site operators to participate in the June 21 session. Other sessions may be held in other locations later in the year.
The P3P Interop is an open event. The results of the interoperability testing will be archived in a publicly-accessible location for the benefit future implementation efforts. However, space at the event is limited and preference will be given to W3C Members and non-members who are bringing an implementation of P3P or who are demonstrating the use of P3P on a Web site. Prospective participants must agree to participate without requiring non-disclosure agreements from other participants.
The P3P interop is an event that will bring together software developers and web site operators to "test drive" P3P and demonstrate its uses and capabilities. We expect developers to demonstrate a variety of P3P-related products and services in various phases of development.
You can participate as a web site operator and/or as a software developer. Web site operators can translate their privacy policies into the P3P (XML) format and post it on their web site so that it can be read by P3P user agent tools. Software developers can demonstrate any P3P-related service or product including: P3P user agents (built into browsers, plugg-ins, browser helper objects, proxies, shopping tool bars, infomediaries, etc.), P3P policy generators, P3P-enabled web site management systems, P3P-enabled data warehousing systems, etc. Developers of P3P "user agent" software will be able to demonstrate how their tools read and process P3P policies provided by the web site operators who participate. If you are interested in participating, please register so that we can keep you posted throughout the planning process. We plan to have a conference call on May 2 for all participants who have registered by that date.
Getting there from out of town:Laguardia airport is the closest airport (about a 30 minute taxi ride). JFK and Newark airport are also nearby (about an hour away - bus and taxi service available to midtown Manhattan). You can also take a train to New York Penn Station, where you can take the subway directly to the event.
Getting there from within Manhattan: 32 Avenue of the Americas is directly above the Canal St. subway station on the A-C-E line. There's an exit from the subway directly into the building. (Ave. of the Americas is 6th Ave.)
Where to stay: We have reserved a block of rooms at the Holiday Inn Downtown on June 20 and 21 (138 Lafayette St. New York, New York 10013). Call by June 1 (+1 212-966-8898) and ask for the P3P event rate ($185/night for single or double). This hotel is a short walk from 32 Ave. of the Americas. After June 1 hotel rooms are likely to be much more expensive, so reserve early!
The P3P Specification should provide most of what you need to know to implement P3P software. The most up-to-date public draft was released on April 4. However, as explained in this draft, there are several areas that are still being changed. We expect to release a new draft on April 24 that should fix most of the known problems. Once you let us know you plan to participate we will keep you informed of all spec changes as they occur.
Last update 15 June 2000 by Patrick Feng
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