60% of the world is online and we want and need to reflect the diversity of the whole world as more people continue to access, use and create the web. We believe that more diversity means better representation, which leads to better and more inclusive design. Indeed, more background, more use cases, more edge cases, lead to a better Web. More diversity also brings higher quality results.
We aspire to be a model in supporting greater diversity in technology. We continue to have a long way to go but we have taken steps so that we both attract more diverse participants and also encourage them to be welcome in our environment.
Among these steps is the opening today of the W3C TPAC Inclusion Fund’s applications, until 15 August; and in September the new TPAC Fellows honorarium of US$ 500 will be awarded to a few to cover work towards W3C goals done outside of habitual paid work. Both offerings are designed for people from an underrepresented group who wouldn’t be able to attend or meaningfully contribute to TPAC without financial support.
The TPAC Inclusion Fund is sponsored by W3C and W3C members Adobe, Samsung Electronics, Coil, Microsoft, TetraLogical, Siteimprove, as well as Charles Nevile and an anonymous donor. We recognize and thank them for this important gesture.
Our CEO Jeff Jaffe has written about this today and we invite you to read his 2021 update on diversity and inclusion at W3C which also describes these offerings in detail.