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Re: TAG and WWW Architecture

From: Mjumbe Ukweli <mjumbewu@hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 05 Jun 2001 22:54:42 -0400
To: www-talk@w3.org
Message-ID: <F281KGQrCi4zcSwWtPR0000c0a2@hotmail.com>
>From: Aaron Swartz <aswartz@swartzfam.com>
>Date: Sun, 13 May 2001 01:34:55 -0500
>The W3C is working on a proposal[2] for what they call a Technical
>Architecture Group (TAG). The TAG will be like a working-group but remain
>active throughout the life time of the W3C. Members will be voted on, and
>the group will write recommendations and notes. In essence, the group will
>decide and define Web architecture in private. I think this is an awful
>decision for the future of the Web.

i hope that the letter that Aaron sent out[1] a couple weeks ago is 
inaccurate.  if so is there anyone from the W3C who can refute it?  if not, 
then these are not happy times.  the W3C seems to be trying to make the web 
into some sort of paradoxical democratic oligarchy.  /they/ tell us what we 
can and can't have a say over.

the web is not theirs to rule over.  who even gave them the power to govern. 
  not to downplay obviously more devastating experiences, but they're 
assuming the amount of responsibility over the internet that European 
settlers did over the Native Americans' and Africans' lands.  the W3C are 
becoming technological squatters.

now, don't take this as an "I Hate W3C" letter at all.  i quite appreciate 
most that the people there have done for the internet so far, but this is 
definitely a step backwards.  the power of the W3C lies in it's legitimacy.  
becoming oligarchical will doubtlessly pit many people against the 
consortium and thus reduce its legitimacy and make it a less effective 

i second Aaron's dissention.

[1] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-talk/2001MayJun/0076.html
[2] http://www.w3.org/2001/02/12-tag (apparently w3c menber access only)

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