W3C Statements about TAG Nominees for 2016 Election

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This is the list of nominees for the 2016 election to the W3C Technical Architecture Group (TAG). Each person has been nominated by at least one W3C Member according to the TAG election process.

The W3C Membership elects the TAG. For this election W3C will fill three seats. Three people were nominated after the nomination period. The number of nominees is equal to the number of available seats, these nominees are thereby elected as explained in the W3C Process Document Section 2.5.2.

The following statements were sent about the nominees (in alphabetical order by nominee family name):

  1. Travis Leithead (Microsoft)*
  2. Sangwhan Moon (Odd Concepts)
  3. Alex Russell (Google)*

An asterisk (*) indicates that the nominee is a current participant.

Travis Leithead (Microsoft)*

It has been a pleasure being in the Technical Architecture Group over the past two years. We've accomplished a lot, with Findings on Securing the Web, End-to-end encryption, and Unsanctioned Tracking. These provided useful guidance on global concerns of security and privacy on the web. Our most important accomplishment is more subtle: The TAG guides coordination and consistency across the web platform through its spec-review process. I am strongly in favor of continuing this process at the TAG; I believe my web platform expertise, rooted in browser implementation experience, makes me a greattechnical candidate to continue this valuable work.

One of the things I'd like to focus on for the next two years is improving the scalability and reach of the TAG. Each spec review we provide directly benefits those who asked for it, but we can broaden this impact. The process of creating and discussing spec feedback puts the TAG is in a position to extract the cumulative best practices and salient patterns that emerge. We can do more to return that experience and expertise to the community, as we have done with great success in the form of the Security and Privacy Questionnaire. This has helped raise the bar on spec quality by writing down what we have learned, andspec developers can apply this guidance without direct involvement of the TAG.

So, I'd like to champion and contribute to the TAG's scalability by writing down broader guidance, to document and build consensus around principles of webarchitecture. In particular, I hope we can focus on expanding the API Design Principles guidance document.

Thank you for an opportunity to continue working on this important part of the TAG's mission.

Sangwhan Moon (Odd Concepts)

Akamai nominates Sangwhan Moon to be an Invite Expert on the TAG. Sangwhan's experience is relevant in many ways, including spec development andimplementation, W3C working group participation and chairing, and community involvement.

Sangwhan worked for Opera in their Tokyo office for a number of years, working on their browser engine and porting it to a variety of devices. Prior to this (and continuing afterwards), he has been a Web developer working on a number of products. Recently, he has completed a masters in Artificial Intelligence,and is applying this to products in his new key role within an AI company based in Seoul.

He has chaired groups within the W3C and has been an active contributor to standards such as Web Workers, Web Components, and testing at W3C.Sangwhan has also held and spoken at a number of developer-focused events across Korea and Japan.

I believe Sangwhan's forthright manner, deep experience in browser implementation, and broad background (having grown up in South Korea, living in the USA and Japan, with fluency in multiple languages) will help him make valuable contributions to the TAG. In particular, he's not afraid to speak his mind, and isable to give an educated opinion in a clear and concise manner.

Alex Russell (Google)*

Google nominates Alex Russell, Standards Tech-Lead For Chrome, and two-term elected TAG representative. In his role at Google, Alex is the Technical Lead of the team developing new capabilities for Progressive Web Apps (the core technologies for which he helped design). His connection to the increasingly mobile web and the APIs necessary to enable it spansdesign, implementation, review, and eventual standardisation.

Alex appreciates that the the next generation of computing will either be richer for a global, interoperable, app platform or poorer for a proliferation ofproprietary, silo'd options.

Alex is seeking a third term on the TAG. For the past two terms he has worked to further the cause of good layering, extensibility, and integration between various parts of the web platform. This work is recognizable in Service Workers, the new Web Audio Worklet, and the Houdinisuite of APIs.

Alex champions a form of hands on, collaborative spec review, seeking to partner with working groups and feature designers to help resolve issues and uncover deeper connections between the layers of the platform. New features like VR, streams, and enhanced media processing are coming and Alex is working to ensure strong, idiomatic, thoughtful API design ofthese critical features.

Xueyuan Jia

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