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Forced Resignation

From: Alex Russell <slightlyoff@google.com>
Date: Mon, 30 Jun 2014 05:50:17 -0700
Message-ID: <CANr5HFU4qKbnzBmiuiT1GfpFA3bLntHxEw1T8yVPyx+phcCLBA@mail.gmail.com>
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Cc: www-archive <www-archive@w3.org>, Tim Berners-Lee <timbl@w3.org>, Chris Wilson <cwilso@google.com>, Ian Jacobs <ij@w3.org>, Jeff Jaffe <jeff@w3.org>
Hi all,

As you may know, Google recently had the good sense and taste to hire
fellow TAG member Dominic Denicola. W3C rules insist that, despite
being *individually
elected* as representatives of the membership, our employment situation is
more important to the membership than our capacity to make meaningful
contributions at the TAG. Therefore one of us must resign.

As my term ends soonest, I will be stepping down from my position so that
Dominic can continue the good work of helping to encourage extensibility in
the web platform. I will, however, continue to attend meetings through the
end of my elected term (Jan '15) in protest of what, frankly, is
appallingly poor organizational design. Evidence of this piles up: last
year we also lost productive TAG members to vagaries of employment
interaction with W3C policy.

If the AB's goal with this misbegotten policy were to prevent multiple
individuals from a firm from influencing the TAG's decisions, I invite them
to bar me from meetings post my removal. Were it not so, I invite them to
change the policy.

Regards
Received on Monday, 30 June 2014 12:51:14 UTC

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