W3C Announces Appointment of New Technology & Society Domain Leader

For immediate release --

Contact America --
Sally Khudairi <khudairi@w3.org>
Danny Weitzner <djw@cdt.org> +1 202.637.9800 x106

Contact Europe --
Ned Mitchell <ned@ala.com> +33 1 43 22 79 56
Andrew Lloyd <allo@ala.com> +44 127 367 5100

Contact Asia --
Yumiko Matsubara <matsubara@w3.org>

http://www.w3.org/ -- 24 June 1998 -- The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) today announced that Daniel J. Weitzner will join the Consortium as Technology & Society Domain Leader. He will be responsible for leading the Consortium's global public policy initiatives and for managing the development of technologies that address social and policy issues on the Web.

"We are pleased to have Danny join as Domain Leader," said W3C Chairman Jean-François Abramatic. "His background and leadership in the policy arena will strengthen the Technology & Society Domain's role of addressing various policy issues raised by the Web and developing technology tools in collaboration with our Membership and the broader user communities world wide."

Weitzner has been at the center of Internet policy development since 1991, both in the United States and around the world. As a lawyer, coalition organizer, and public policy analyst with technical skills, he has regularly faced the challenge of forging sound, sensible public policy solutions to problems raised by the Internet. From the early-Web days (1992), he helped develop the case for the initial commercialization of the Internet in the United States. Since then, he pioneered the 'user empowerment' policy approach for free expression and privacy issues. In 1995, he was public policy co-chair of the Platform for Internet Content Selection (PICS) Steering Committee. Prior to joining W3C, Weitzner was Deputy Director and Co-Founder of the Center for Democracy and Technology, a leading Internet policy & civil liberties organization in Washington, DC.

"The Consortium is, indeed, happy to add Danny to our team," added Abramatic. "We have worked closely with Danny and his colleagues at the Center for Democracy and Technology and expect to continue to leverage CDT's expertise in critical Internet free speech and privacy issues."

About the World Wide Web Consortium [W3C]

The W3C was created to lead the Web to its full potential by developing common protocols that promote its evolution and ensure its interoperability. It is an international industry consortium jointly run by the MIT Laboratory for Computer Science (LCS) in the USA, the National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Control (INRIA) in France and Keio University in Japan. Services provided by the Consortium include: a repository of information about the World Wide Web for developers and users; reference code implementations to embody and promote standards; and various prototype and sample applications to demonstrate use of new technology. To date, more than 260 organizations are Members of the Consortium.

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