Ilya Zhitomirskiy: In Memoriam

It is with overwhelming sadness that we recognize the passing of Ilya Zhitomirskiy, co-founder of the Diaspora project and member of the Federated Social Web XG. Many of us were just with him at the W3C Technical Plenary two weeks ago.

His pioneering work on developing private communications between social networks in Diaspora has had a great impact and we will sorely miss his participation in their further development. Ilya’s vision of preserving user-control and privacy on the social web will continue to influence open standards for the Web in the years to come.

We extend our sympathies to his family, friends and colleagues.