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W3C Workshop on the Future of Social Networking (Call for Participation)

From: Shawn Henry <shawn@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 06 Nov 2008 11:30:13 -0600
Message-ID: <491329A5.6070903@w3.org>
To: WAI Interest Group <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>

Dear WAI Interest Group Participants,

For those interested in Web accessibility issues related to social networking, see the announcement of a W3C workshop on social networking below. Note that attendance is open, yet anyone wanting to participate must submit a position paper.


  W3C Workshop on the Future of Social Networking
  15-16 January 2009, in Barcelona, Spain
  Hosted by Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya and

  Call for Participation: 
  Deadline for submitting position papers: November 20, 2008

The goal of this workshop is to bring together industry actors to foster
discussion, to analyze risks and opportunities of the social networking
industry, and to define plans for the future of the industry, including
opportunities of creation of a W3C group to continue the discussion.

The Workshop is being chaired by Christine Perey (PEREY Research &
Consulting) and Dominique Hazael-Massieux (W3C Mobile Web Initiative
Activity Lead). If you are interested in serving on the Program
Committee, please contact Dominique Hazaël-Massieux <dom@w3.org>.

We are looking forward to your participation and contributions
to this Workshop. Important dates and Workshop scope are summarized

This announcement follows section 9 of the W3C Process Document

For Dominique Hazael-Massieux, Mobile Web Initiative Activity Lead
Ian Jacobs, Head of W3C Communications

Important Dates
        14 October 2008  Call for Participation issued 
        20 November      Deadline for position papers 
        1 December       Acceptance notification sent 
        10 December      Program released 
        20 December      End of sponsorship opportunity 
        5 January 2009   Deadline for Registration 
        15-16 January    Workshop 
Registration details and information about expected audience are
in the Call for Participation. Please note that:

 - Attendance is open to everyone, including non-W3C Members, but
   each organization or individual wishing to participate must submit
   a position paper.
 - To ensure maximum diversity among participants, a limit may be
   imposed on the maximum number of participants per organization.
 - There is no registration fee.

Scope of the Workshop

Technical areas:

      * Interoperability of Social applications and User Generated
      * Approaches for inter-social network communication and
      * Social Networks and the User Experience, in particular user
        interface similarities and differences between desktop and
        mobile social applications, and solutions for making social
        network sites accessible to people with disabilities
      * Identity federation, privacy, and security - scalable and
        interoperable technology to communicate metadata securely and in
        socially responsible fashion between and in communities
      * Sharing social network features between PC and mobile, such as
        using social networks as addressbook, Location-awareness,
      * Mechanisms for securely sharing location, while preserving
      * Secure transaction/financial and recommendation tracking
        specifications for commerce within social networks - how to make
        social networks resources for trusted relations and privacy

Business areas:

      * Landscape of existing social networking initiatives, and their
        relevance to the mobile world
      * The role of operators within mobile social networks
      * Metrics to quantify social network size and growth (user
        types/profiles, community size, growth, traffic/activity) 
      * Monetization practices (advertizing, subscriptions, etc)
      * Security (profile management policies, penalties), Ethics
        (disclosure, privacy), Moderation practices and Accessibility

Shawn Lawton Henry
W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI)
e-mail: shawn@w3.org
phone: +1.617.395.7664
about: http://www.w3.org/People/Shawn/
Received on Thursday, 6 November 2008 17:30:19 UTC

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