Global Web Experts to Meet in Lisbon for W3C's Annual Technical Plenary

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Future of the Web's Technical Roadmap is Focus of Week-long Conference — 7 September 2016 — In August this year the world celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Web being offered as a publicly available service, invented by W3C Director Sir Tim Berners-Lee while working at CERN.  But did you ever wonder how the Web has evolved to have rich video and graphics capabilities, work on so many devices, in so many languages and be accessible for those with disabilities?  It's largely because of Web standards developed by the World Wide Web Consortium.

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) will host more than 500 technical experts from around the globe the week of 19-23 September 2016 in Lisbon, Portugal at the W3C's annual Technical Plenary and Advisory Committee (TPAC) meeting. The annual W3C event brings together global experts in Web technologies who are building the next generation standards for the future of the Web as part of W3C's mission "to lead the Web to its full potential." 

Topping the discussions of the W3C technical groups chartered to identify emerging technologies for standardization or to develop the Web standards -- the building blocks that make the Web open and interoperable -- include a strong industry focus on:

  • Automotive - The Web and Automotive Working Group is enabling Web connectivity through in-vehicle infotainment systems and vehicle data access protocols. This means consumers will soon have access to more data and services from their vehicles such as road, weather and shopping information.
  • Digital Publishing - The Publishing Community and Digital Publishing Interest Group will address the evolution of electronic books and how to bring the requirements of publishers to the Web for richer reading and learning experiences.
  • Entertainment- The Web and TV Interest Group is evaluating new requirements for the entertainment industry and the Second Screen Presentation Working Group is working to define APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) that enable Web pages to use secondary screens to display Web content.
  • Telecommunications - The Web Real Time Communications Working Group is bringing audio and video communications anywhere, on any network.
  • Web of Data - The Data on the Web Best Practices Working Group is creating standard data exchange formats, models, tools, and guidance to ensure that Data on the Web is interoperable.
  • Web Payments - The Web Payments Working Group is developing an API to streamline the online "check-out" process and make payments easier and more secure on the Web.
  • Web Security - The Web Authentication Working Group is working on more secure and flexible alternatives to password-based log-ins on the Web.
  • Web of Things - The Web of Things Interest Group seeks to counter the fragmentation of the Internet of Things (IoT) though standardized metadata that enables easy integration across IoT platforms and application domains.

Although the Technical Plenary meetings themselves are only open to W3C members and invited experts, we invite the news media to schedule private interviews, 15 to 30 minutes in length, with W3C CEO Dr. Jeff Jaffe and potentially other W3C experts on Wednesday, 21 September 2016 at the conference venue, Centro de Congressos de Lisboa, Praça Indústrias, between 10:00am and 5:00pm. For scheduling purposes, news media requests for interviews will be accepted through Monday, 12 September 2016.  Please contact Karen Myers, W3C media and analyst relations to request a 30-minute interview.

Interview Opportunity for News Media

Who Dr. Jeff Jaffe, CEO, World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)
What Opportunity to schedule 1:1 interviews about Future of the Web, W3C Technical Roadmap
Where Centro de Congressos de Lisboa, Praça Indústrias, 1300-307 Lisboa
When Between 10:00am and 5:00pm Wednesday, 2016


About the World Wide Web Consortium

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is an international consortium where Member organizations, a full-time staff, and the public work together to develop Web standards. W3C primarily pursues its mission through the creation of Web standards and guidelines designed to ensure long-term growth and stewardship for the Web. Over 400 organizations are Members of the Consortium.

W3C is jointly run by the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (MIT CSAIL) in the United States, the European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics (ERCIM) headquartered in France, Keio University in Japan and Beihang University in China. W3C has Offices in Australia; the Benelux countries; Brazil; Finland; Germany and Austria; Greece; Hungary; India; Korea; Morocco; Russia; Southern Africa; Spain; and the United Kingdom and Ireland. For more information see

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