W3C Statements about AB Nominees for 2022 Election

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This is the list of nominees for the 2022 Election to the W3C Advisory Board (AB). Each person has been nominated by at least one W3C Member according to the AB election process.

The W3C Membership elects the AB. For this election W3C will fill five seats. W3C will announce the results on 3 June 2022.

Note: The deadline for votes is 03:59 UTC, 2 June 2022 (23:59 ET, 1 June 2022).

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

  1. Tantek Çelik (Mozilla)*
  2. Wei Ding (Huawei)
  3. Tatsuya Igarashi (Sony)*
  4. Florian Rivoal (W3C Invited Expert)*
  5. Tzviya Siegman (Wiley)*
  6. David Singer (Apple)*

An asterisk (*) indicates that the nominee is a current participant. All individuals were nominated by the AC Representatives of their organizations unless otherwise indicated below.

Tantek Çelik (Mozilla)*

I am Mozilla’s Advisory Committee representative and have served as web standards lead for more than 10 years. With more than 20 years of experience in W3C standards development, including the past two years on the Advisory Board (and previously 2013-2018), I’ve helped drive more open governance, licensing, and processes at W3C.

In my experience & opinion, W3C’s transition to a legal entity has been beyond challenging, reaching crisis levels that have made the news. Absent decisive actions in the next six months from W3C’s existing governance, the W3C Steering Committee (SC), it’s unclear that anything resembling today’s W3C will still be around in 2023, let alone 2024.

We have reached the point where the W3C as a whole must set up a legal entity so that the operations of the W3C that matter to the Advisory Committee, and in particular, web-impactful work in Working Groups continue without interruption. That legal entity must be based in common values & principles and be member led & governed, rather than depending on a benevolent Director.

My work on the AB has focused both on those values & principles, and contributing to legal entity proposals that support the goals of the AC and practical WGs. I have advocated for and will continue to work with the AB to move from staff-run processes to self-sustaining community-run processes.

In addition I have introduced sustainability (s12y) as a broader discussion point at W3C, both at TPAC 2021, and in subsequent informal W3C Community chat discussions to grow community interest in sustainability considerations when inventing, proposing, designing, and reviewing new technologies. In alignment with the TAG’s Ethical Web Principles, I proposed sustainability as another area of horizontal review, in addition to existing horizontal reviews for accessibility, internationalization, privacy, and security.

It is an exceptionally challenging time for the W3C and the Advisory Board, and requires AB members that are actively participating in helping to address those challenges. We must continue to push for a W3C that is truly member-empowered and member-run.

I ask for your top vote to help drive these objectives for the future of W3C. Thank you for your support, and please contact me (tantek@mozilla.com) if you have additional concerns about W3C, and especially what you think the AB can do for the future of W3C.

My Background:

Since the late 1990s I have contributed to the evolution of the web with efforts spanning the Tasman rendering engine in Microsoft Internet Explorer 5 for Macintosh (a watershed achievement of full CSS1, HTML4, and PNG 1.0 support in the year 2000), to resources enabling web developers to more rapidly adopt modern W3C standards. I have founded open web communities such as microformats.org and indieweb.org which themselves incubated technologies that became or were incorporated into W3C specifications. I have edited and helped produce several W3C Recommendations, for browsers & web authors, and for web developers & the independent web.

During my previous five year tenure on the AB, I established several AB resources and an increased culture of working in the open, such as creating and driving both the informal @W3CAB Twitter and the AB's public wiki home page where AB projects are documented.

I have B.S. & M.S. degrees in Computer Science from Stanford University and share my thoughts & experiences on my personal site: https://tantek.com/.

Wei Ding (Huawei)

Huawei is pleased to nominate Dr. DING Wei (Dingwei) for the election of W3C Advisory Board member. Here is the introduction of Dingwei in his own words.

I am now working as Director of Standards Strategy for Huawei. I would like to run for W3C AB member.

Majored as Ph.D. in Computer Science & Engineering and Information Management, I started my career as Standards Manager at Sun Microsystems, Director of Standards at Intel, followed by Senior Director of Standards at Oracle, for about two decades. With comprehensive background in ICT industry covering chips, systems and software, and rich experience in international standardization, I have good understanding about the initiation and operation of a standards setting organization as well as how to help it to reflect the best interest of the community. I have had the fortune to participate in the whole lifecycle of some standardization organizations from the start. One example is the Changfeng Alliance, an ICT industry community with about 300 member companies from both domestic and aboard, being responsible for charter drafting, organizational structure designing, IPR policy developing and standardization process planning. Changfeng Alliance has been one of the top standards setting consortia in China.

I’ve been engaging in Web technologies and W3C community across my career, both with my passion on Web technology, and the shared vision for the Web should “involve participation, sharing knowledge, and thereby building trust on a global scale”. If elected, I would like bring my long time accumulation of knowledge in standardization, together with AB colleagues and the Web community, aiming to contribute to a W3C with features firmly commits to the principles of “open, fair and transparent”, flexibly meets the requirements from global community, friendly welcomes all interested partners, and actively links with all peer global standardization communities, including formal SDOs and open source communities, both on standards development and implementation, with the ultimate goal to lead both W3C and the Web to its full potential.

Why would I like to run for the Advisory Board election? Because I am a strong believer of the Web. Though technologies may evolve quickly as the requirements vary swiftly, I believe Web will always be on the front and would like devote myself for the goal of “One Web” and “Web for All.” My Web technical career started from the doctoral research program leveraging W3C XML standards developing Chinese National Standards GB/T 20916-2007 Specification for the Chinese Office File Format, both acts as the key technology contributor and program manager. The standard has been the basis for the interoperability among various Office Software releases, popularly serving client-side documents exchanging and server-side integration. With the great enthusiasm on Web technology, I also throw myself into building up the W3C community. Representing my previous employer, I was engaged in the W3C China office establishing from its inception, and honored to be invited as keynote speaker on web technology in various W3C China technical forums.

Being a veteran on standards, in addition to W3C community, I am engaged as well in other leading global consortia standardization organizations, and traditional formal SDOs. In the year of 2006-2008, I drove the project landing OASIS office in China, and for that I took the role of Open Standards Evangelist, encouraging more Chinese companies joining in the splendid journey. During the year of 2013-2016, I was Chair of Marketing Department for DMTF China, with proud DMTF Award of the Year 2015, for the achievements of Cloud Computing standards promotion.

In China, I am now serving as the senior Member of National Information Technology Standardization Technical Committee, SAC/TC28, interfacing to ISO/IEC/JTC1 for Standardization Administration of China. Responsibility of the role is to administer lifecycle of China National Standards setting in the field of Information Technology. I am a member of Chinese National Body delegation to ISO/IEC/JTC1 plenary, and was designated by China National Body as expert to ISO/IEC/JTC1 SC32 on data management and SC38 on cloud computing. An obvious tendency in the industry is the close interaction between Open Standards and Open Source are reshaping each other, which is challenging the standards professional in multiple ways. In order to bridge the two open tools working together for advancing the development of the industry, I am also committing to the Open Source community and working as Deputy Secretary General of China Open Source Promotion Union, and an active contributor in building up the first open source foundation in China, Open Atom Open Source Foundation.

One of the achievements in my standardization career seems valuable to highlight is that, as firm believer of technical standards should be driven by market rather than government, we leverage every opportunity pushing the reform of China standardization system in the past years, either as public speaker, or as private influencer. We are happy that the proposal has been well adopted and reflected in the latest China Standardization Law implemented by 1st, Jan, 2018. Now the so called “Social Organization Standardization” flourishes well, and about 6,000 social organizations in China are starting to commit on standardization. Why do we believe this is the future? It is all because the successful story of W3C which we are proudly be part of.

Reaching the goal of “One Web” and “Web for All” requires a solid, strong and integrated W3C community, especially at this special time not only W3C is planning to transform itself, but also the unstable geopolitics is impacting the global technology cooperation. I would believe my two decades experience in global standardization, sticking to the basic principles of open, fair, transparent, inclusive, diverse, market-driven and global, will help to address the challenges for a stronger W3C community.

I appreciate your support in the election, and look forward to build the future Web together, with you, and all the global W3C community. Any more info about me, please refer to my profile at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/wei-ding-6a76a11/.

Tatsuya Igarashi (Sony)*

The statement is also available in Français, Español, Deutsch, 中文, 한국어, 日本語.

Sony Group Corporation is pleased to nominate Tatsuya Igarashi for re-election to the W3C Advisory Board.

Mr. Igarashi has a long history of working on multimedia and network technology activities at Sony and is a current W3C Advisory Board (AB) member, having served as a representative of Sony Group Corporation for the Advisory Committee (AC) and as co-chair of the Media and Entertainment Interest Group. Mr. Igarashi also has experience and expertise in establishing and managing other industry-led forums. Sony Group Corporation endorses Mr. Igarashi’s reappointment to the W3C AB and is confident that he will continue to contribute with the necessary expertise to support W3C members.

The following is Mr. Igarashi’s statement.

My first term as an AB member is coming to an end. When I was appointed to the position almost two years ago, I could not have imagined the devastating impact that the COVID-19 pandemic would have on the daily lives of people around the world. Under such difficult circumstances, I realized the Internet and Web infrastructure are indispensable for people, society and the economy, and I became strongly motivated to contribute to W3C’s activities and to the development of Web technology.

When I ran for the last AB election, I stated that I wanted to contribute to W3C’s successful transition to a Legal Entity and to accelerate W3C’s globalization encouraging more participation from diverse industry sectors and countries/regions. Although the transition has been delayed, I am continuing to work with the W3C team staff and other AB members to discuss desirable governance models. I believe that in order to continue realizing “One Web” and to support the livelihoods, cultures, and economic activities of people in various countries and regions, the board as a Legal Entity and the management, must demonstrate leadership that respects regional diversity and inclusion. Since the establishment of W3C 28 years ago, universities and research institutes in the U.S., Europe, and Asia have been hosting and managing the Web technology on a global and regionally decentralized basis. As a Legal Entity, I would like to see W3C, under an all-member centric governance, fostering regionally activities for local agenda while strengthening the leadership of global operations consistently, to establish a desirable management structure that can develop itself further as a global standardization body.

From the perspective of globalization and inclusion of the Web community, I have been working to address the time zone issue for remote conference calls to encourage more AC participation from the Asia region. I’ve heard concerns raised from Asia, Oceania, India, and Middle East members, that during the COVID-19 pandemic some remote meetings were held in the daytime in the U.S. and Europe time zone, causing some inconvenience for these participants. I have surveyed the Japanese members and raised awareness of the issue at AB meetings. As a result, with the help of W3C management, we have developed a guideline for time-zone-aware meetings. There is no perfect solution, but meeting organizers should now be more aware of the issue and consider setting meeting times that are fair for all participants. However, I am wondering if, as a kind of affirmative action, W3C management will disclose the group meeting time-slot and time zone of the participants. This will make that all W3C member can be aware of the issues and how to mitigate the inconvenience caused by the time zone issue.

We also need to do more to remove the language barrier: we have been able to have Chinese, Japanese, and Korean interpreters for the AC remote meetings, but it is very expensive and I am not sure that we will be able to provide the same service after the pandemic for face to face meetings. We need to create an environment where non-native English speakers can easily participate in group meetings, where actual standardization activities take place. I am considering to recommend the possibility of using Auto English Caption, such as a function of Zoom, regardless of whether it is remote or face to face. It is cheaper than asking for interpreters and captionists, does not interfere with English discussions, and can help non-native speaker understanding of English conversations.

Finally, as I mentioned in my previous election statement, my career began in 1995 when I developed an Internet terminal with an HTML browser after being exposed to the NCSA Mosaic web browser. Since then, I have believed in the potential of the Web and have continued to research and develop Web technologies. Since 2010, in addition to research and development, I have been involved in broadcast standardization and W3C standardization activities. In April this year, I transferred from the research and development division to a division in charge of standardization for entire Sony Group, where I will focus on the promotion of W3C standardization. I would appreciate your support in the AB election, thank you.

Florian Rivoal (W3C Invited Expert)*

Further statement is available in English, Français, 日本語.

SHUEISHA Inc. is pleased to nominate Florian Rivoal for election to the AB. In his own words:

Many aspects contribute to making W3C a great venue to work on standardisation, but we are facing an increasing number of challenges, and we need to constantly work at making W3C better, to make it thrive as an organization, so that existing projects and working groups have the best working conditions possible, and so that we get a healthy inflow of new projects choosing the W3C as the best host for their standardization efforts.

I have had the opportunity to wear many hats at the W3C: specification editor from incubation to Recommendation, member representative, Invited Expert, and AC representative, Community Group chair, Workshop organizer, and participant in PSIG, and I have served two terms on the AB. All that to say that I know how things work at W3C, and also how they sometimes don’t.

A major ongoing project is our move towards W3C becoming a standalone legal entity. In my opinion, it has been challenging for the host universities and the W3C staff to deliver, not just because it is hard to come to agreement about what is desirable, but also for the same reasons that make this reform desirable: the current set up is not good at enacting change. There is a lot of inertia to overcome, and I will be advocating for pragmatic steps that gradually improve W3C’s ability to take action and get out of the rut. I have been, and will continue to be, active in the governance, finance, and bylaws task-forces, making and promoting proposals to make the future entity live up to expectations in terms of robust member-led governance, improved coordination, operational effectiveness, and sound financial management and transparency.

Since joining the AB, I have also taken on the role of Editor of the W3C Process document. In this capacity I have delivered yearly updates, notably including improvements to the Recommendation Tracks to support continuously updated standards without compromising on W3C’s values (along with the first Patent Policy update in many years to provide earlier Patent coverage), the introduction of Registries, and a variety of other improvements to operations or governance, while also working at making the Process document itself more readable.

The Process document also defines many of the responsibilities of the W3C Director. As we are preparing for the date where our founding Director eventually steps down, the AB has started to evolve the Process and other related documents to define how W3C would work without him. Some progress has been made but a fair amount remains to be done, notably with regards to Formal Objection processing, Group chartering, and TAG appointments. This is now the main focus of the work on the Process, and I want to make sure this shift puts the Membership squarely in control.

Other topics I am interested in for the AB include:

I am French, live in Japan, have lived and worked in Norway and China in the past, have done business with Korea, the US, Sweden, Canada… Initially trained as a software engineer in France, I later complemented this with an MBA from INSEAD. I’ve worked as an engineer in companies large and small, as a product owner and an executive in two startups, and been a non-profit board member (currently chair of the board at the Kyoto French International School).

I run my own consulting company and am an independent W3C participant; however my expenses for this role will be covered by Shueisha, Kodansha, Shogakukan, Kadokawa, and Media Do (5 major actors of the Japanese publishing industry).

Tzviya Siegman (Wiley)*

I am Tzviya Siegman, Information Standards Principal for Wiley. I have been a member of the AB for nearly 4 years. I began taking on some chairing responsibilities for the AB more than 2 years ago and was formally appointed co-chair in the last year.

The last few years on the AB have been difficult. We have been working to move the W3C into a new state, a standalone entity with centralized governance and financial oversight. While this work has been discussed for years, the implementation and operationalization have only begun in force in the last year. I have devoted hours alongside my colleagues on the AB and W3M to reach a plan that can successfully bring W3C into this new state with minimal effect the day-to-day technical work. I co-chair the W3C Governance Task Force, joining the AB and W3M in their work. I have helped this large group gain incremental consensus in bringing proposals to the W3C Steering Committee, and I believe that we are headed toward a W3C with a board of directors and centralized financing.

During this time, I have continued to chair the Positive Work Environment CG which has published a revised code of conduct and is working on overhauling the W3C’s ombuds program so that we can more effectively implement our code. I strive to bring the voice of the members to my work on the AB. I often have calls with individuals to find out what members think about specific issues. I continue to work closely with Publishing community.

If elected, I will continue my goal of prioritizing the needs of the membership as your representative on the AB and on the Governance Task Force. I hope that we will be able to shift focus from the urgent needs of the Legal Entity transition and go back to working on issues like Formal Objection Councils (if needed), building a Director-Free W3C, and structuring values and a mission for the W3C to which a new board can use to hold itself, members, and staff accountable. Regardless of the results of this election, I will continue my work on PWE, as I think that we must ensure respect and an inclusive environment for all participants no matter the challenges we face.

David Singer (Apple)*

Apple is pleased to nominate David Singer for re-election to the Advisory Board.

I have served for 4 terms on the Advisory Board, with pleasure and, I hope, to good effect, and would be honored to serve another term.

I have had a number of responsibilities and achievements over those years. Some major ones include (a) analyzing the role of the Director in the consortium’s governance and processes, and proposing ways to adjust to his expected retirement (“Director-free’); (b) chairing the Process Community group, where I shepherded a number of ‘big topics’ including some needed modernization, the handling of registries, and changes connected to the Director-free matters; (c) taking on a lot of matters in the project to move W3C into a Legal Entity, most notably (but not exclusively) exploring the considerations and possibilities around member sponsorship.

The W3C is 28 years old. It was founded with a structure that depended on the Director, and on the enthusiastic support of the Hosts. The Director is heading towards retirement, the consortium is maturing, and curating the world-wide web and the specifications that underpin it looks very different to the Hosts than it did 28 years ago. Yet the web is very different too: along with the internet it rests on, the web and web technologies have become indispensable tools for all of humanity.

I am a firm believer in the value, diversity, strength, and engagement, of you, our membership. The members, and their number and breadth of knowledge and experience, are our primary asset: I feel we need to become more clearly member-led, member-curated, member-supported. Our members know the role that web technologies play, know how they need to evolve, and thus know the responsibility that rests on their shoulders as members of the consortium.

I have strong belief in the value of inclusion: of all our members in our debates, of making sure we hear viewpoints, concerns, and proposals, and balance the intended and unintended consequences for the strongest result. I am passionate about making the web work for all – accessibility and internationalization, security, and most strongly over the last few years, advocating for the importance of privacy. I value differing opinions and work hard to balance the needs of the entire community. I believe in the value of support, infrastructure, and process: using the best tooling, and working with the best people, so we can have the best conversations and the easiest ways to make the best deliverables.

For 20 years I was the manager for standards activities in the software engineering group at Apple, which gave me experience in standards and the governance of standards bodies, including various boards and high-level committees that have exposed me to a lot of governance and infrastructure. The list includes the Executive Board of INCITS, which operates many US mirror committees for the ISO/IEC Joint Technical Committee on IT (JTC1) which I also attended; the Unicode Consortium Board; and in the past, the Blu-Ray Board, and the Media Coding Industry Consortium (MC-IF) Board. Now I am shedding much of that to focus on the W3C and helping shape it afresh for the next 28 years.

I hope I have earned your trust, through my service in the previous terms. If re-elected, I promise to keep the membership and its role at the forefront of my thinking, enabling us, through governance, through processes, through tooling and support, to do our best work for the web, and hence for society. The W3C must be a place where the members reflect the diversity of interests, including industry, and where they can congregate, debate, and build the specifications that advance the web to the benefit of all.

Xueyuan Jia, W3C Marketing & Communications