All posts by Ada Rose Cannon

The W3C Social Business Jam is a few days away!

There’s been a lot of discussion on how the social web is changing business. One of the challenges slowing down the adoption of social web is due to a lack of cross-industry interoperability, as social business is still in its early stages. Open standards are one way the industry can overcome this challenge. As the W3C is one of the organizations working to help, we've decided to host an event to determine future directions for standardizing the social web for business-driven use-cases. The all online W3C Social Business Jam runs from Nov 8-10th (Tuesday through Thursday) and you have to register to participate.

Web Tracking and User Privacy Workshop: Test Cases for Privacy on the Web

The level of interest and participation in last month's Workshop on Web Tracking and User Privacy - about a hundred attendees spanning multiple countries, dozens of companies, a wide variety of backgrounds - confirms the broad interest in Do Not Track. These discussions are test cases for how we will handle privacy on the Web and how standards can address complex issues involving both technology and policy.

Do Not Track at W3C

The discussion about online tracking has picked up a lot of steam over the last year. We have seen multiple related features announced or deployed in various Web browsers, including Firefox, Google Chrome, and Internet Explorer 9. Today, we have acknowledged a "Web Tracking Protection" member submission from Microsoft. We invite public discussion on the public-privacy@w3.org mailing list. Additionally, we are announcing a W3C workshop for a broader community discussion, to determine whether (and if so, what) standards work W3C should take up in the space. The workshop will be held in Princeton, NJ, on 28/29 April.

A toucan describedby data

An intense discussion on the Linked Open Data mailing list has lead to at least two distinct outcomes: a proposal for a new way to resolve URIs identifying non-information resources without losing the important distinction from information that describes them; and a correction to an ambiguity in the specification of wdrs:describedby.