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Jeff Jaffe


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Dr. Jeffrey Jaffe became the W3C CEO on 8 March 2010.

Before joining W3C, Jeff served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for Novell. He was responsible for Novell's technology direction, as well as leading Novell's product business units.

Prior to that Jeff served as president of Bell Labs Research and Advanced Technologies, where he established new facilities in Ireland and India, and served as chairman of the board of the New Jersey Nanotechnology Consortium.

Early in his career, after receiving a Ph.D. in computer science from MIT in 1979, Jeff joined IBM's Thomas J. Watson Research Center. During his tenure at IBM, he held a wide variety of technical and management positions, including vice president, Systems and Software Research, corporate vice president of technology, and general manager of IBM's SecureWay business unit, where he was responsible for IBM's security, directory, and networking software business.

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Wendy Seltzer Strategy Lead and 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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Rigo Wenning


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Rigo Wenning joined W3C in 1999 with a focus on privacy and digital signatures. He is the Privacy Activity Lead and has taken over responsibility as a legal counsel to W3C. Rigo studied law in Germany and France and holds a german law degree. Before joining W3C Rigo was a researcher at the Institute of Law and Informatics. He was involved in the first german law portal as early as 1994.