W3C20 Anniversary Symposium

The Future of the Web

29 October 2014
Santa Clara Marriott
Santa Clara, CA, USA
Future of the Web Symposium
3:00–6:00 pm
Gala Dinner
7:30–10:00 pm

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Live Webcast from 3pm-6pm PT on 29 October.

Please join me and other global strategists, business leaders and developers for an exciting afternoon of insights and discussion about how to keep our 'Commons' strong, followed by a gala dinner.

Tim Berners-LeePhoto of Tim Berners-Lee Web Inventor and W3C Director
  • Photo of Tim Berners-Lee
  • Photo of Vinton G. Cerf
  • Photo of Fadi Chehadé
  • Photo of David-Michel Davies
  • Photo of Di-Ann Eisnor
  • Photo of Sue Gardner
  • Photo of Mohammada Reza Haghighat
  • Photo of Jeff Jaffe
  • Photo of Jun Murai
  • Photo of Alex 'Sandy' Pentland
  • Photo of Lee Rainie
  • Photo of Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel
  • Photo of Anders Wahlquist
  • Photo of Darren Walker

The Web is for everyone. It is our virtual “Commons”—
shared and made stronger by all. And we need you to make it better.

Learn more

In October 1994, Tim Berners-Lee created the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) to lead the Web to its full potential. To mark the anniversary this year, W3C invites the Web community to a 3-hour Symposium on the Future of the Web to discuss how the Web community can:

  • Build a more beautiful Web to enable our creative expression;
  • Extend the Web to the many devices people use to improve their lives;
  • Support trusted communications, secure and private; and
  • Empower all people to use and contribute to the Web, including support for diverse languages and accessibility.

The Web turned 25 in 2014. Join us at W3C20 for a look at the future Web.


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Tim Berners-Lee

Web Inventor and W3C Director

Having invented the Web in 1989 while working at CERN and subsequently working to ensure it was made freely available to all, Berners-Lee is now dedicated to enhancing and protecting the Web’s future. He is Director of the World Wide Web Consortium, a global Web standards organization he founded in 1994 to lead the Web to its full potential. He is also a Founding Director of the World Wide Web Foundation, which seeks to ensure the Web serves humanity by establishing it as a global public good and a basic right. In 2012 he co-founded the Open Data Institute (ODI) which advocates for Open Data in the UK and globally. Sir Tim has advised a number of governments and corporations on ongoing digital strategies. A graduate of Oxford University, Sir Tim presently holds academic posts at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology at CSAIL (Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab), (USA) and the University of Southampton (UK).

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Vinton G. Cerf

Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist, Google

Vinton G. Cerf is vice president and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google. He contributes to global policy development and continued spread of the Internet. Widely known as one of the "Fathers of the Internet," Cerf is the co-designer of the TCP/IP protocols and the architecture of the Internet. He has served in executive positions at MCI, the Corporation for National Research Initiatives and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

Vint Cerf served as chairman of the board of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) from 2000-2007 and has been a Visiting Scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory since 1998. Cerf served as founding president of the Internet Society (ISOC) from 1992-1995. Cerf is a Fellow of the IEEE, ACM, and American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the International Engineering Consortium, the Computer History Museum, the British Computer Society, the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists and a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He currently serves as President of the Association for Computing Machinery, chairman of the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN), chairman of StopBadWare and recently completed his term as Chairman of the Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology for the US National Institute of Standards and Technology. President Obama appointed him to the National Science Board in 2012.

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Fadi Chehadé

President and CEO, ICANN

Fadi Chehadé's career has been defined by building consensus and promoting collaborative technologies and practices. He has more than 25 years of experience in building and leading progressive Internet enterprises, leveraging relationships with senior executives and government officials across Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the United States.

Before joining ICANN as its President and CEO in late 2012, he served as Chief Executive Officer of Vocado LLC, a U.S. firm that is a provider of cloud-based software for the administration of educational institutions.

Prior to Vocado, Chehadé was CEO of CoreObjects Software, Inc., a leader in new product software development services for both large and growing companies. He oversaw the expansion of the company to include more than 400 engineers and its successful acquisition by Symphony Services.

Prior to his role at CoreObjects, Chehadé served as the General Manager of IBM's Global Technology Services in the Middle East and North Africa. Based in Dubai, he led a team across an emerging region experiencing high growth. He also built and managed a new global business for IBM, providing managed services to large clients in telecommunications, aerospace and retail to improve the accuracy, depth and timeliness of business information visibility across demand and supply chains.

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David-Michel Davies

President, Webby Media Group

David-Michel Davies is President of Webby Media Group, which owns and operates The Webby Awards, The Lovie Awards in Europe and Netted by the Webbys.

At The Webby Awards, DMD has built a remarkable team that shares his passion. Together, they oversee the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences (IADAS), a global membership network of more than 1,000 Internet experts who sift through cat photos, social campaigns, robot videos, productivity apps and more to uncover the most innovative work on the Internet annually. Since taking over The Webby Awards as executive director in 2005, DMD and team have grown the award to be what the New York Times calls "the Internet's highest honor." In 2013, The Webbys received a record 11,000 entries from more than sixty countries globally making it the most sought after award for digital work on the planet.

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Di-Ann Eisnor

Head of Platforms and Partnerships, Community Geographer, Waze

Di-Ann is head of global partnerships for crowd-sourced navigation and real-time traffic startup, Waze. Founded in Israel, Waze was sold to Google for approximately $1.13 billion in June 2013. Working across governments, international media and local community groups, Di-Ann continues to spearhead the company's global initiatives to make connected cities a reality. Prior to joining Waze, Di-Ann was Co-Founder and CEO of Platial, The People’s Atlas, a collaborative, user generated, cartographic website which enabled people to map the things that are important to them.

She also founded Community-Centric Marketing, an Amsterdam-based consulting firm helping brands and media companies work with social media; and Eisnor Interactive, an offline promotion agency engaged in building and communicating Internet brands. Di-Ann serves on the board of Gray Area Foundation for the Arts (GAFFTA), and speaks widely on mobile, location, advertising, connected cities and crowdsourcing. She holds a BS in Studio Art and Business Administration from New York University and is a member of the 2014 Class of Henry Crown Fellows at the Aspen Institute.

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Sue Gardner

Former Executive Director, Wikimedia Foundation

Earlier this year (2014), Sue Gardner transitioned to a special advisory role, but from 2008 to 2014, Sue Gardner served as the Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit organization behind Wikipedia – the world's largest and most popular encyclopedia, which is free to use and free of advertising. Wikipedia contains more than 24 million volunteer-authored articles in over 280 languages, and is visited by more than 516 million people every month, making it the number five most-popular website in the world.

Gardner, a seasoned journalist, was formerly head of CBC.ca, the website for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, one of Canada's most prominent and best-loved cultural institutions. Under her leadership, CBC.ca won many international awards for excellence, and grew to become Canada's most popular news site. Gardner started her career in 1990 as a producer with CBC's "As It Happens," an internationally-recognized groundbreaking news and current events radio program. She has worked in radio, television, newspapers, magazines and online. In 2012, Forbes Magazine named her one of The World's 100 Most Powerful Women.

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Mohammad Reza Haghighat

Senior Principal Engineer, Intel

Mohammad Reza Haghighat is a Senior Principal Engineer at Intel focusing on innovation in the web technologies and leading Intel's HTML5 technical strategy. Moh was the technical lead from Intel on the first JavaScript just-in-time compiler of the Firefox browser, released in 2008. He also led the development of the first parallel JavaScript JIT compiler and parallel browser layout-engine prototypes, both in the context of Firefox. More recently, Moh has been leading Intel’s joint work with Google & Mozilla on bringing SIMD to JavaScript. Learn more about Moh's thoughts on What’s Next for HTML5?

Moh holds a B.S. in Computer Science and Engineering from Shiraz University and an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has been with Intel since 1995.

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Jeff Jaffe


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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Jun Murai

Dean / Professor, Faculty of Environment and Information Studies, Keio University

In 1979, he enrolled in the Department of Mathematics, Faculty of Science and Technology, of Keio University and obtained degrees of MS and Ph.D in Computer Science, specializing in Computer Science, Computer Network and Computer Communication, in 1981 and 1987 respectively, both from Keio University.

In 1984, he developed the Japan University UNIX Network (JUNET). In 1988, he established WIDE Project, of which he currently has the title of the Founder. In the 1990's, he focused on the research and development of computer networks, and worked as a member of the Internet Architecture Board (IAB) (1993-1995), and a member of the board of trustees of the Internet Society (ISOC) (1997-2000), as well as a member of the board of directors of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) (1998-2000). In the 2000's, he turned his attention also to IT governance for national government, including Prime Minister’s and global IT policy communities.

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Alex 'Sandy' Pentland

Professor of Media Arts and Sciences, MIT

Alex 'Sandy' Pentland has helped create and direct MIT’s Media Lab, the Media Lab Asia, and the Center for Future Health. He chairs the World Economic Forum's Data Driven Development council, is Academic Director of the MIT-Harvard-ODI Big Data and People Project, and is a member of the Advisory Boards for Google, Nissan, Telefonica, Monument Capital, and the Minerva Schools.

In 2012 Forbes named Sandy one of the 'seven most powerful data scientists in the world’, along with Google founders and the CTO of the United States, and in 2014 he was elected to the U. S. National Academies. His research has been featured in Nature, Science, and Harvard Business Review, as well as being the focus of TV features on BBC World, Discover and Science channels. His most recent book is `Social Physics,' published by Penguin Press.

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Lee Rainie

Director, Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project

Lee Rainie is the Director of the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, a non-profit, non–partisan “fact tank” that studies the social impact of the internet. The Project has issued more than 500 reports based on its surveys that examine people’s online activities and the internet’s role in their lives. All of its reports and datasets are available online for free at: www.pewinternet.org

Lee is a co-author of Networked: The new social operating system with sociologist Barry Wellman about the social impact of the internet and cell phones. He is also co-author of five books about the future of the internet that are based on Project surveys about the subject.

Prior to launching the Pew Internet Project, Lee was managing editor of U.S. News & World Report.

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Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel

Federal Communications Commission

Jessica Rosenworcel was nominated for a seat on the Federal Communications Commission by President Barack Obama and on May 7, 2012 was confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate. She was sworn into office on May 11, 2012.

Commissioner Rosenworcel brings a decade and a half of public sector and private sector communications law experience to her position at the FCC. This experience has shaped her belief that in the 21st century strong communications markets can foster economic growth and security, enhance digital age opportunity, and enrich our civic life.

Prior to joining the agency, Commissioner Rosenworcel served as Senior Communications Counsel for the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, under the leadership of Senator John D. Rockefeller IV. She previously served in the same role on the Committee under the leadership of Senator Daniel K. Inouye. In this position, she was responsible for legislation, hearings, and policy development involving a wide range of communications issues, including spectrum auctions, public safety, broadband deployment and adoption, universal service, video programming, satellite television, local radio, and digital television transition.

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Anders Wahlquist

CEO and Co-founder, B-Reel

Anders Wahlquist is the CEO and co-founder of production company / creative partner B-Reel. B-Reel was founded 1999 and the company is renowned for helping brands communicate successfully through web based channels with outreach into events, robotics, TV-Commercials, feature films and architecture.

Anders received an MBA from Lund School of Management in Sweden and his professional experience includes running three successful micro breweries and a nightclub. He cut his teeth working for Swedish media conglomerate Kinnevik. He is a father of six and lives in New York.

B-Reel has 150 employees over six offices in L.A, NYC, London, Berlin, Barcelona and Stockholm. Anders is a voting member of IADAS and the president of the digital chapter of AICP.

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Darren Walker

President, Ford Foundation

Darren Walker is president of the Ford Foundation, where he oversees more than $12 billion in assets, $500 million annually in global social justice grants and 10 international offices. A leader in the social sector for more than two decades, including serving as Vice President at the Rockefeller Foundation, his expertise ranges from human rights to urban development to free expression. He spent almost a decade on the frontlines of community development at Harlem’s Abyssinian Development Corporation, after a career working in international finance and law at UBS and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton. Walker voices a unique perspective on the ways that market forces, democratic institutions, and an independent non-profit sector must work together to achieve lasting social change.

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3:00–3:05 pm
Welcome and Introductions
Jeff Jaffe, W3C CEO

3:05–5:05 pm
Featured Speakers
Vint Cerf - A Long Term View of the World Wide Web (slides)
David-Michel Davies - Forging the Big and Beautiful Web
Anders Wahlquist - Stories Empower, and We Power Stories
Di-Ann Eisnor - Solving Problems Together: Beyond Crowdsourcing toward Mass Participation
Moh Haghighat - Bringing the Full Power of Modern Hardware to the Open Web Platform (slides)
Alex 'Sandy' Pentland - Toward A Sustainable Digital Ecology (slides)
Sue Gardner - Love the Mess: Keeping a Human Perspective on Massively Collaborative Systems (Unfortunately, Sue Gardner was unable to attend.)
Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel - Access for All (remarks)

5:05–5:40 pm
Panel and Discussion: “The Future of the Web and How it is Run”
Lee Rainie (Moderator)
Fadi Chehadé
Jun Murai
Darren Walker

5:40–6:00 pm
Closing Talk
Tim Berners-Lee, Web Inventor and W3C Director

7:30–10:00 pm
Gala Dinner


Meeting planners ensure everything goes smoothly! Angel Li and  Xueyuan Jia Vint Cerf prepares for his presentation Tim Berners-Lee and Vint Cerf prepare their presentations Di-ann Eisnor prepares for her presentation Lee Rainie prepares for the panel
Setting up Speaker table prior to the Symposium Speaker order as seen from the A/V console Vint Cerf introduced by Jeff Jaffe Vint Cerf presentation Screens of the A/V desk
David-Michel Davies presentation Anders Wahlquist presentation Di-Ann Eisnor presentation Moh Haghighat presentation Sandy Pentland presentation Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel presentation
Moh Haghighat in the audience Vint Cef in the audience Panelists Darren Walker, Jun Murai, and Fadi Chehadé Tim Berners-Lee closing remarks Speaker table Speaker group shot
Small talk among speakers after the event Tim Berners-Lee and Vint Cerf show one side of their T-shirts, saying who did not invent what Tim Berners-Lee and Vint Cerf show the other side of their T-shirts, saying who invented what Speaker table (with guest) Speaker table Tim Berners-Lee, John Perry Barlow, Vint Cerf
Guests Vint Cerf, Di-Ann Eisnor, Tim Berners-Lee Ann Bassetti and Taisuke Fukuno Photo with the Director Vint Cerf, David-Michel Davies, and Claire Graves of the Webbys Three CEOs of W3C: Steve Bratt, Jeff Jaffe, Jean-François Abramatic



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