W3C

First Board of Directors to Initiate Critical Functions of W3C Inc.

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is preparing to pursue 501(c)(3) non-profit status. Today, W3C is pleased to announce elections to its initial Board of Directors (Board) as the governing body of the W3C public-interest non-profit organization.

11 members are seated on the initial Board: 7 voting seats elected by the W3C Membership to bring a diverse multi-stakeholder perspective from the W3C Membership, and 4 voting seats representing the current Hosts institutions to ensure a global focus in the organization.

The following 7 people have been elected by W3C Membership to the initial Board: Robin Berjon, Koichi Moriyama, Mark Nottingham, David Singer, Eric Siow, Léonie Watson and Hongru (Judy) Zhu.

They will join representatives from our current Host institutions (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA; ERCIM, France; Keio University, Japan and Beihang University, China). The Host representatives on the Board will be announced shortly.

As Founding Director, Tim Berners-Lee will act as a non-voting, honorary, permanent Board member. Two additional seats will be filled by the Board to provide critical diversity, skill, or multi-stakeholder needs in the Board.

All Board terms are for two years, starting 1 October 2022 until 30 September 2024.

The W3C Board of Directors will be the governing body of the Consortium, have ultimate authority on its strategic direction, have a legal obligation to ensure that W3C implements its mission to lead the Web to its full potential, and have fiduciary responsibility over W3C as a whole. Learn more about the W3C Board of Directors Responsibilities.