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Re: Request for Disclosure of W3C TPWG Funding Sources

From: Jeff Jaffe <jeff@w3.org>
Date: Sun, 26 Jan 2014 22:09:11 -0500
Message-ID: <52E5CDD7.60802@w3.org>
To: "Dobbs, Brooks" <Brooks.Dobbs@kbmg.com>, "Jack L. Hobaugh Jr" <jack@networkadvertising.org>
CC: "public-tracking@w3.org (public-tracking@w3.org)" <public-tracking@w3.org>

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.


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 <mailto:jeff@w3.org>>
> Date: Thursday, January 23, 2014 5:36 PM
> To: "Jack L. Hobaugh Jr" <jack@networkadvertising.org 
> <mailto:jack@networkadvertising.org>>
> Cc: "public-tracking@w3.org <mailto:public-tracking@w3.org> 
> (public-tracking@w3.org <mailto:public-tracking@w3.org>)" 
> <public-tracking@w3.org <mailto:public-tracking@w3.org>>
> Subject: Re: Request for Disclosure of W3C TPWG Funding Sources
> Resent-From: <public-tracking@w3.org <mailto: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 
> piecemeal.
> 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 Technology
>> 1634 Eye St. NW, Suite 750 Washington, DC 20006
>> P: 202-347-5341| jack@networkadvertising.org 
>> <mailto:jack@networkadvertising.org>
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