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Phil Archer Mr


Phil Archer's primary role is as a Data Specialist on W3C's Strategy Team — working to make ever more effective use of the Web as a platform for data.

He originally joined the team to work on the Mobile Web Initiative in February 2009, specifically to work on developing and delivering training in this area. Before joining the team he'd been a participant in the Mobile Web Best Practices working group (joining at its inception in June 2005) and was an editor of, or acknowledged contributor to, 6 of its documents.

Separately, Phil also had a long involvement with the Semantic Web activity, notably as chair of the POWDER working group. As part of this role he co-edited most of the documents and created one of the two reference implementations. It was this work that lead Phil to focus on the area of Linked Data and, via work on eGovernment and open data, to become Data Activity Lead before that role evolved into being part of the strategy team.

In addition to his work on the strategy team, Phil is staff contact for several working groups: Data on the Web Best Practices, Spatial Data on the Web, Permissions & Obligations Expression.

Phil Archer maintains an active online presence through his personal Web site.

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Irina Bolychevsky


Maker. Thinker. Product person. Redecentralize.org & CoffeeHouse Club founder. Previously Open Knowledge Commercial Director & ckan.org lead.

I love technology, ideas and figuring out how things can be better.

@shevski on twitter & shevski.com on the web.

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Amy Guy


Amy is a PhD student at the University of Edinburgh, and joined the W3C Team in 2016 whilst a visiting student at MIT. She studies, builds and writes specs for technologies for a decentralised social web.
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Harry Halpin Dr.


Harry Halpin is a W3C staff contact for the Web Authentication Working Group and Web Cryptography Working Group.Previously he was staff contact for theSocial Web Working Group and RDB2RDF Working Group. Guiding his work at the W3C is his commitment to keeping the Web an universal space of information for the development of collective intelligence - and to fight for the security and fundamental rights of users.

He received his Ph.D. in Informatics from the University of Edinburgh under Henry Thompson and Andy Clark, with a thesis on theories of reference on the Web combining information retrieval and knowledge representation. Previously, he did his postdoctoral studies with Bernard Stiegler at Centre Pompidou, held a DAAD scholarship to Freie Universität Berlin and was an intern at Yahoo! Research.

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Sandro Hawke

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Sandro Hawke is a Software Developer and Systems Architect at W3C and a Research Scientist at MIT's Decentralized Information Group. He leads the W3C's eGovernment activity and is staff contact for the RIF, OWL, and SPARQL Working Groups. A member of the W3C Semantic Web staff since 2000, Sandro's professional focus is on developing global-scale decentralized systems using ideas from both Web Architecture and Knowledge Representation. He occasionally blogs at decentralyze.com.
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Ian Jacobs W3C

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As of 1 Feb 2015, Ian is the lead of W3C's Web Payments Activity.

From September 2004 through January 2015, Ian became Head of W3C Communications. He managed the Consortium's Comm activities, including press, publications, branding, marketing, and some Member relations.

Ian began at W3C in 1997 and for 7 years co-edited a number of specifications, including HTML 4.0, CSS2, DOM Level 1, three WAI Guidelines (Web Content, User Agent, Authoring Tool), the TAG's Architecture of the World Wide Web, and the W3C Process Document.

Ian Jacobs studied computer science in France after college (Yale), and worked at INRIA for five years.


Yves Lafon

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Yves Lafon studied Mathematics and computer science at ENSEEIHT in Toulouse, France, and at Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal in Montreal, Canada. His field of study was signal recognition and processing. He discovered Internet Relay Chat and the Web in Montreal in 1993 and has been making robots and games for both. He joined the W3C in October 1995 to work on W3C's experimental browser, Arena. Then he worked on Jigsaw, W3C's Java-based server, on HTTP/1.1 and started the work on SOAP 1.2.

Yves is now the TAG Team Contact and WebApps Team Contactr.

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Karen Myers Business Development Lead, Americas and Australia and Media and Analyst Relations


Karen Myers manages Membership recruiting activities for the Americas and Australia and oversees global media and analyst relations at W3C. She originally joined W3C July 2004 to support media relations, member communications, speaking engagements, and special assignments such as W3C10, the World Wide Web's ten year anniversary celebration. Prior to W3C, Karen ran her own company and also worked for marketing and communications agencies such as Leo Burnett Technology Group, where she established a ten-person strategic planning group in Boston, and managed a global client services team in Frankfurt, Germany. She has consulted for a diversity of technology clients including Akamai, Allaire, Aprisma, Axis, CMGI, Digital, Comdial,Computer Associates, Heidelberg, IBM, Information Builders, KPMG, and Unisys.
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Hirotaka Nakajima

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Hirotaka joined W3C in April of 2010 after graduating from Keio University, Faculty of Environment and Information Studies. Before joining W3C, Hirotaka worked at a number of startups and had a lots of experiences from them. Hirotaka holds a master's degree in computer Science from Graduate School of Media and Governance, Keio University.

Eric Prud'hommeaux

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Eric joined W3C again in February 1998 to provide system support and manage tool programming. He currently works on RDF and XML protocols.His primary goal is to see that information be easily and logically accessible.

Prior to joining W3C full-time, Eric worked as a contract programmer for various organizations, including W3C, where he worked on libwww and the client applications, a PEP model library, and several system-related projects.

Eric has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and is still baffled by the futility of a college education in determining one's fate.

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Dave Raggett

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Dave is the W3C lead for the Web of Things Interest Group. He has been closely involved with the development of Web standards since 1992, contributing to work on HTML, HTTP, MathML, XForms, voice and multimodal interaction, ubiquitous web applications, financial data, privacy and identity. Dave has participated in several European FP7 research projects: HTML5Apps and COMPOSE, and before that webinos, Serenoa, and PrimeLife. In addition to work on standards, Dave is a keen programmer, and has developed experimental web browsers (e.g. Arena), a plugin for rendering math from natural language (EzMath), a tool for cleaning up HTML (Tidy), a web page library for HTML slide presentations (Slidy), a Firefox add-on for enhanced privacy (Privacy Dashboard), customizable browser-based editing of HTML and more recently, open source implementations for the Web of Things. He was educated in England and obtained his doctorate from the University of Oxford, and is a visiting professor at the University of the West of England. For more information see Dave's home page.

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Wendy Seltzer Strategy Lead and Policy Counsel


Wendy is a lawyer and technologist who leads W3C's Strategy Team. She joined W3C in 2012 after a tour of legal academia and, before that, Electronic Frontier Foundation. She was drawn into open code as a law student, as the first webmaster for Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet & Society, and hasn't been able to escape since. Wendy's legal research focuses on "openness," in the law and technology of online expression, user-innovation, privacy, and anonymity.
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Michael[tm] Smith Deputy Director

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Michael[tm] Smith is a W3C Deputy Director whose areas of expertise include pharmaceuticals transportation, cyber, and extremely compartmentalized information.

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Keiji Takeda



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