Privacy Interest Group (PING) 2020 Year in Review and Thank Yous

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The W3C Privacy Interest Group (PING) had a terrific 2020. PING has more active members than ever before. PING has been joined by the Privacy Community Group in its mission to improve privacy on the Web. PING implemented a new and improved process for tracking, assigning, and following up on privacy reviews. But, most importantly, PING completed a tremendous number of privacy reviews in 2020.

PING (and the W3C community as a whole) depends on its members volunteering their time and expertise. In 2020, we saw more people spend more time working to improve privacy than ever before. In 2021, we hope to see even more W3C members and invited guests joining PING to advance privacy on the Web.

We also want to deeply and sincerely thank everyone who led a privacy review in 2020. It can be daunting to review a specification in an unfamiliar field or to challenge the design choices that a working group has made. Reviews are not as glamorous as editing new specs, and reviewing a spec can be tiring, contentious, and seemingly-thankless. But privacy reviews are an important part of building a private-by-default, user-focused, and ethical Web. PING reviewers are what make privacy reviews possible.

This post would be exhausting and unreadable if we tried to include every contribution a PING member made over 2020, but we want to at least recognize the PING members who led reviews this year. We're endlessly grateful for your time, help and camaraderie; they make us confident that 2021 will be even better.


  • Christine Runnegar, ISOC (PING Co-Chair)
  • Wendy Seltzer, W3C (Team Contact)
  • Pete Snyder, Brave Software (PING Co-Chair)
  • Samuel Weiler, MIT/W3C (Team Contact)

PING 2020 Reviewers (in alphabetical order)

  • Wendell Baker, Verizon Media (Screen Capture)
  • Kristen Chapman, Salesforce (Media Stream Track Content Hint)
  • Jason Dorweiler, DuckDuckGo (Resource Timing Level 2)
  • Nick Doty, UC Berkeley (Trace Context, TTML Profiles for Internet Media Subtitles and Captions 1.2)
  • Konrad Dzwinel, DuckDuckGo (Resource Timing Level 2, CSS Text Module Level 3)
  • Dave Harbage, DuckDuckGo (Resource Timing Level 2)
  • Pranjal Jumde, Brave (Personalization Semantics Explainer and Module 1, Screen Wake Lock API, Web Authentication Level 2)
  • Irene Knapp, Invited Expert (GeoLocation API)
  • Mallory Knodel, CDT (CSS Color Module 4)
  • Scott Low, Microsoft (CSS Cascading and Inheritance Level 3)
  • Lei Mu, Invited Expert (CSS Sizing Level 3, CSS Box Model Module 3)
  • Melanie Richards, Microsoft (Web Share API)
  • Shivan Sahib, Salesforce (WebRTC Scalable Video Coding, Accessible Rich Internet Applications 1.2)
  • Kris Shrishak, Invited Expert (Audio output devices API)
  • Jeffrey Yasskin, Google (CSS Conditional 3)

(reviews conducted by PING co-chairs or W3C team members have been omitted)

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