W3C For Immediate Release

Open Web Platform Progress Drives Expanding Industry Interest

Nearly Forty Organizations Join W3C In Twelve Months

http://www.w3.org/ — 10 May 2011 — W3C and its partners are creating an innovative Open Web Platform for application development. The platform has captured the attention of a great many industries that see the business opportunities enabled by its richness, universality, and interoperability across diverse devices. At its biannual membership meeting this month in Bilbao (Spain), W3C will discuss how the platform is transforming these industries, and the implications for both Web technology and W3C.

"W3C's Open Web Platform is emerging as the platform of choice for the delivery of services and the development of rich applications across a broader set of industries, including mobile, television, publishing, and advertising." said Dr. Jeff Jaffe, W3C CEO. "The immediate impact of new Web standards will result in more innovation, more powerful Web-based products and services, and economic opportunities for businesses and consumers alike."

W3C is broadening the scope of its activities and helping other industry groups leverage the benefits of the platform. As a result, nearly forty organizations from sixteen countries have joined W3C in the past twelve months, including these leaders in media, television, entertainment, gaming, telecommunications, device manufacturers, and social media: China Unicom, Comcast, Facebook, LG Electronics, NEC Corporation, Netflix, SanDisk, Sony, and Zynga. Testimonials from a number of recent Members shed light on their reasons for joining W3C, such as HTML5, CSS, SVG and other important existing work, but also new activity around Real-Time communications, Geolocation, Web and TV, Web Performance and Audio on the Web.

"These exciting developments are fostering a more diverse community at W3C," continued Jaffe. "We are pleased to welcome new members who bring relevant technical expertise to solve the next generation of technical challenges on the Web."

Participation is growing in other ways as well, including greater numbers and diversity at W3C Workshops on a broader range of Web topics. Recent and upcoming topics include Web and TV, Web Tracking and User Privacy, Web Identity in the Browser (24-25 May), Federated Social Web (3-5 June), and Mobile and Web Technologies in Social and Economic Development (4-5 June).

"When W3C members meet in Bilbao, Spain this month, we look forward to lively discussions and debates about the future of the Web," said Tim Berners-Lee, W3C Director. "We appreciate the dedication and commitment of all our members and staff to work together on the challenging business, technical and social issues facing the Web today. And we are of course excited by the momentum and enthusiasm being generated by HTML5 and other elements of the Open Web Platform."

About the World Wide Web Consortium

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is an international consortium where Member organizations, a full-time staff, and the public work together to develop Web standards. W3C primarily pursues its mission through the creation of Web standards and guidelines designed to ensure long-term growth for the Web. Over 325 organizations are Members of the Consortium. W3C is jointly run by the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (MIT CSAIL) in the USA, the European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics (ERCIM) headquartered in France and Keio University in Japan, and has additional Offices worldwide. For more information see http://www.w3.org/

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