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Social Web Incubator Community Group

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.

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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 irc.w3.org
  • Set up Mumble and connect to: dustycloud.org / 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

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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.

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W3C Community Development Team