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Social Web Incubator Community Group

The Social Web Incubator Community Group (also known as SocialCG, or SWICG) is the successor of the Social Web Working Group, which ran from 2014 to 2017. The SocialCG provides space to collaborate and coordinate for implementors who are building on any of the specifications published by the Social Web WG, and related technologies. It is also a place to incubate new proposals which build on or complement the Social Web WG recommendations.

Discussions and meeting announcements happen on the SocialHub forum or on project-specific version control repositories.

Meetings are not always weekly, but can be requested or convened by any member of the group. If you have a specific item to discuss, please contact a chair if you need help with meeting logistics, and make a post on the SocialHub forum, ideally with two or more weeks notice.


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Special Topic Call – Social Web and CSAM: Liabilities and Tooling

Hi everyone,

In light of the recent report Addressing Child Exploitation on Federated Social Media and the many important resulting conversations (such as this megathread), SWICG would like to host a Special Topic Call on “Social Web and CSAM: Liabilities and Tooling”, this coming Friday, August 4th, 2023, at 12pm Eastern / 9am Pacific / 6pm CET, at:

We’re very excited to be joined by special guests, David Thiel and Alex Stamos, from the Stanford Internet Observatory!

The Chairs

July 2023 SWICG call – Fri Jul 21, 9am EST / 6am PST / 6pm CET

Hi everyone,

The next SWICG monthly call is this coming Friday, Jul 21, am EST / 6am PST / 6pm CET, at:

Rough Agenda:
1) Introductions (optional) and community announcements
2) IP Protection Note Reminder:  a. Anyone can participate in these calls. However, all substantive contributors to any CG Work Items must be members of the CG with full IPR agreements signed.
  b. To contribute to Work Items: ensure you have a W3 account:, and sign the W3C Community Contributor License Agreement (CLA):
3) Upcoming W3C TPAC meeting (11-15 September, hybrid format – online and in-person in Seville, Spain)
4) Adopting CG work items discussion
5) github issue processing (items requiring community discussion).

First 2023 SWICG meeting call on Fri May 19

Hi everyone,

Finding a regular meeting time slot that works with everyone continues to be a challenging task.

In the interest of getting momentum going, we’ll be having our first SWICG call of the year this coming Friday, May 19, at 9 am EST / 6 am Pacific / 3 pm CET over at:

Apologies in advance to those who can’t make it, let’s continue the discussion on what we can do to accommodate more people (perhaps alternate biweekly calls, one on Fri and one on Saturday, etc).


1) (NON-AGENDA item) Although the common first call agenda tradition is introductions, I’m wondering if we can shortcut the introduction process by doing it elsewhere, such as on the SWICG mailing list, or SocialHub forum. Otherwise there’s a good chance that we’ll take up the whole call with introductions.

2) Overview of the W3C Community Group process (code of conduct, governance, etc) to refresh our memories.

3) Discussion and proposals for: 

* What are the goals and current focus of SWICG

* What is SWICG’s relationship with the other centers of community and discussion, such as SocialHub, Fediverse Enhancement Proposals (FEP), the Fedidevs Matrix chat rooms. (My view on this: We can all work together with those communities, without co-opting or interference.)

* Governance process for adopting Work Items. (For a good example of an existing effective Work Item Process, see the Credential Community Group’s process doc: )

4) Other discussion as time allows.

Social Web Incubator Community Group kick-off call

Hello everyone,

We’re planning the first call for the SWICG.  This will be on Friday, May 5th of 2017 at 4PM GMT.  This will be a loose call, mostly talking about what’s currently happening in the federated social web and discussing what topics we’d like to take on as a group.

The call will be over the Mumble Voice over IP system, but will be transcribed to IRC.  (Users unable or unwilling to speak over voice will be represented on the call by dictating their communication over the call.)

  • Connect on IRC to #social on
  • Set up Mumble and connect to: / port 64738 / password “goblincamp”.  Join the Social Web Incubator Community Group channel.

Mumble is easy to use (and there are a couple of mobile clients available) but if this is your first time using it, please connect 15 minutes early to make sure your audio system is working correctly.  You’ll need a microphone and to *wear headphones*… otherwise audio will echo and that’s no fun for anyone.

We’re still figuring some things out, but loosely, we’re following the Django Code of Conduct.  If you’re unfamiliar, have a read of it!

That’s it… look forward to seeing you at the call!

Call for Participation in Social Web Incubator Community Group

The Social Web Incubator Community Group has been launched:

The purpose of the Social Web Incubator Community Group is to continue and extend the development of vocabularies, formats and protocols to support the distributed / federated social web, as well as related technologies (such as anti-abuse and anti-spam techniques suitable for an open web). This group continues the work of the W3C Social Web Working Group. As proposals gain support and become more stable and mature, they will be considered for migration to a W3C Working Group where they can be put on the Recommendation track with appropriate status and Intellectual Property (IP) considerations.

In order to join the group, you will need a W3C account. Please note, however, that W3C Membership is not required to join a Community Group.

This is a community initiative. This group was originally proposed on 2016-11-18 by Aaron Parecki. The following people supported its creation: Aaron Parecki, Tantek Çelik, Benjamin Roberts, Amy Guy, Sandro Hawke, Evan Prodromou. W3C’s hosting of this group does not imply endorsement of the activities.

We invite you to share news of this new group in social media and other channels.

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Thank you,
W3C Community Development Team