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Re: Request for Disclosure of W3C TPWG Funding Sources

From: Alan Chapell <achapell@chapellassociates.com>
Date: Fri, 14 Feb 2014 13:26:04 -0500
To: Jeff Jaffe <jeff@w3.org>, Lee Tien <tien@eff.org>
CC: "public-tracking@w3.org (public-tracking@w3.org)" <public-tracking@w3.org>
Message-ID: <CF23C908.49EB5%achapell@chapellassociates.com>
Thanks Jeff. But that begs the question - why doesn't the W3C have a
policy that requires disclosure of sponsors?

Doesn't that seem reasonable given that the W3C holds itself out as an
organization with transparent processes?

In addition, if you could answer David's questions below, I'd appreciate


On 2/12/14 2:37 PM, "Jeff Jaffe" <jeff@w3.org> wrote:

>We don't have a defined policy per se.  Ordinarily Sponsors have a
>choice to be public or remain anonymous.
>On 2/12/2014 2:35 PM, Lee Tien wrote:
>> Does W3C have a general, default policy on sponsorship disclosure?
>> Lee
>> On Feb 12, 2014, at 9:44 AM, David Wainberg wrote:
>>> I still don't understand the rationale for not disclosing this
>>>information right now. Are you saying these sponsors specifically asked
>>>for anonymity? And why wouldn't the W3C require disclosure? That seems
>>>key to having a transparent process. If you are planning to disclose,
>>>when do you anticipate you will do so? Is there a cut off date?
>>> On 2014-01-26 10:09 PM, Jeff Jaffe wrote:
>>>> Brooks,
>>>> We have not established a policy for the various sponsors of W3C
>>>>events and activities that they must be publicly disclosed.  There are
>>>>quite a number each year, and some prefer anonymity.
>>>> Last year, when there was a request for disclosure for TPWG, we
>>>>consulted with the Sponsors.  There was general comfort with
>>>>disclosure at that time; although some only wanted to disclose if all
>>>>the others would disclose as well.  I was pleased to be able to
>>>>disclose the Sponsor names with the comfort of all of the Sponsors.
>>>> I would like to give this year's Sponsors the benefit of having that
>>>>same discussion with other Sponsors for this year.
>>>> Jeff
>>>> On 1/24/2014 2:55 PM, Dobbs, Brooks wrote:
>>>>> Jeff,
>>>>> I agree with previous commenters here, and feel it is important for
>>>>>there there to be transparency into financial support for this
>>>>>effort.  I am not sure how the ongoing process of seeking more
>>>>>contributors impacts the need for or timing of transparency.  Are we
>>>>>to take from this that a negotiable term in providing funding would
>>>>>be to have such funding be non-disclosable?  If the list is simply
>>>>>incomplete at this time, can I suggest we simply start with an email
>>>>>showing current funders and add to it as new participants come on?  A
>>>>>couple more TPWG emails won't push my box past its limit.
>>>>> -Brooks
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>>>>> From: Jeff Jaffe <jeff@w3.org>
>>>>> Date: Thursday, January 23, 2014 5:36 PM
>>>>> To: "Jack L. Hobaugh Jr" <jack@networkadvertising.org>
>>>>> Cc: "public-tracking@w3.org (public-tracking@w3.org)"
>>>>> Subject: Re: Request for Disclosure of W3C TPWG Funding Sources
>>>>> Resent-From: <public-tracking@w3.org>
>>>>> Resent-Date: Thursday, January 23, 2014 5:36 PM
>>>>> Jack,
>>>>> Thanks for raising this issue and reminding the community that this
>>>>>fine work will best continue with additional sponsorship of the work
>>>>>- as we did last year.
>>>>> In terms of listing the sponsors, I certainly don't want to do this
>>>>> It is early in the year and we are still talking to various
>>>>>stakeholders about their willingness to sponsor.  I would like to
>>>>>have the disclosure discussion after we have concluded the dialog
>>>>>with potential sponsors.
>>>>> Jeff
>>>>> On 1/23/2014 4:47 PM, Jack L. Hobaugh Jr wrote:
>>>>>> Jeff,
>>>>>> Following the hiatus and during one of our weekly W3C TPWG
>>>>>>Wednesday teleconferences, you had mentioned that the W3C had
>>>>>>obtained additional funding for the TPWGs work.  One of the TPWG
>>>>>>participants then asked you to please disclose the source of that
>>>>>>funding.  You stated that you could not disclose the source of the
>>>>>>funding at that time but that it might be possible to disclose that
>>>>>>information at a later date. Could you please provide the TPWG with
>>>>>>that information now?
>>>>>> Thank you very much.
>>>>>> Jack
>>>>>> Jack L. Hobaugh Jr
>>>>>> Network Advertising Initiative | Counsel & Senior Director of
>>>>>> 1634 Eye St. NW, Suite 750 Washington, DC 20006
>>>>>> P: 202-347-5341 | jack@networkadvertising.org
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