Privacy and Accessibility

Hi all,

[with CC to the APA chairs list]

My name is Josh O Connor and I'm new to the PING.

I work with W3C/WAI as an Emerging Technology Specialist with a focus on 
accessibility. The main working groups that I'm involved with are 
Accessible Platforms Architecture working group and the Research 
Questions Task Force. [1] [2]

I've a long track record in accessibility, from the HTML5 working group, 
to co-chairing the WCAG working group for 5 years and helping lead the 
development of WCAG 2.1.

Some of my current work is looking at accessibility related user needs 
and requirements for diverse areas such as XR (Augmented and Virtual 
Environments) and RTC (Real Time Communications), and within APA 
recently we have been discussing potential user needs/use cases for 
Verifiable Claims/Decentralised Identifiers. [1] [2]

While many of the user needs/requirements in the Verifiable Claims space 
are arguably generic and broadly applicable to e'one (maintaining the 
privacy and integrity of user data) the later has raised some very 
interesting issues for example the problem of browser finger printing a 
la how user agent customisation and accessibility preferences can be 
honoured without fingerprinting etc.

If you have not seen it, some other interesting recent work has been the 
recent working group note 'Inaccessibility of CAPTCHA: Alternatives to 
Visual Turing Tests on the Web' and there are certainly related 
privacy/security issues in this space. APA are interested in helping 
support the work of the PING with regards to privacy and accessibility, 
so I look forward to discussing how to do that. [3]

Many thanks to Christine for warm welcome and I look forward to working 
with you all and many  interesting discussion on privacy and accessibility!



Emerging Web Technology Specialist/Accessibility (WAI/W3C)

Received on Wednesday, 15 January 2020 12:48:01 UTC