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Call for Participation in Open and Transparent W3C Community Group

The Open and Transparent W3C Community Group has been launched:


Although the World Wide Web (WWW) is an open and free information system, participation in the member-based World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) typically requires paying a membership fee to participate in the Consortium’s standards setting groups. As such, the W3C is often criticized as a closed organization by those that are not members of the Consortium. This group aspires to help provide non Members with simple mechanisms to provide feedback to the Consortium (the Consortium’s Members and the Consortium’s Staff) on topics such as (but not limited to): areas where new Web standards are needed (e.g. to help address some interoperability pain point), Consortium priorities, the evolution of the Web, aligning Consortium’s activities with the Web, collaboration with other organizations, etc.

Anyone – including non-Members – is welcome and encouraged to join this group. Participants include technical contributors to Web standards, Web standards Editors and group Chairs. The group also includes participants from the Consortium’s “Advisory Committee” and at least one member of the Consortium’s elected Advisory Board. Additionally, the group welcomes members of the Consortium’s staff.

If someone wants to communicate with this group but does not want to formally join it, that’s OK; just send an email to the group’s mail list: public-openw3c@w3.org (see for the list archive and RSS feed information).


In order to join the group, you will need a W3C account.

This is a community initiative. This group was originally proposed on 2014-08-03 by Arthur Barstow. The following people supported its creation: Arthur Barstow, Robin Berjon, Brian Kardell, Doug Schepers, Steve Faulkner, Charlie Carter. W3C’s hosting of this group does not imply endorsement of its activities.

The group must now choose a chair. Read more about how to get started in a new group and good practice for running a group.

We invite you to share news of this new group in social media and other channels.

If you believe that there is an issue with this group that requires the attention of the W3C staff, please send us email on site-comments@w3.org

Thank you,
W3C Community Development Team