We see pervasive monitoring as an attack on the Web and its users. The
Web is for everyone. The W3C community builds Web protocols and
formats to enable individuals and groups to communicate with those
they are trying to reach, and to protect those communications from
eavesdropping of third parties.
Vulnerabilities to pervasive surveillance threaten to erode trust in
the Web and in the companies that depend on it, and that is one of the
reasons why numerous Web and Internet organizations spoke out last
fall, in the Montevideo Statement.
Momentum for greater security is building. A number of organizations
from around the Web and across the spectrum have declared today, 11
February, “The Day We Fight Back” against mass surveillance.
Many of the people and organizations participating in the call to
action bring perspectives that would enhance W3C’s efforts to secure
the shared resources of the Web. Some are current W3C participants,
but not all. On this day of heightened attention to security from a broad
community, we call on the technical community to help us
improve how we build security and privacy into the fabric of the Web
by participating in our activities:
* We are building a comprehensive program of security and privacy
coordination with working groups, we review the security and
privacy considerations of specifications in development and their
interactions in the Web ecosystem. Join the Privacy Interest
Group or Web Security Interest Group to participate in
* We are co-hosting a workshop on “Strengthening the Internet,” to
gather ideas from the wider community on the security standards
agendas of the IETF and W3C.
* We develop Web standards through open, participatory process by which
we document the technical reasons for decisions. We do not believe any
of W3C’s Recommendations were weakened through interference; we are
always open to hear concerns.
W3C is committed to building a secure Web. We are all aware of many
different types of attack and security and we must be vigilant to
strengthen security against all attacks. Please join us in our
mission to improve Web security.