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Re: ACTION-255: Work on financial reporting text as alternative to legal requirements

From: Mike Zaneis <mike@iab.net>
Date: Tue, 2 Oct 2012 00:20:04 +0000
To: Rigo Wenning <rigo@w3.org>
CC: David Wainberg <david@networkadvertising.org>, Nicholas Doty <npdoty@w3.org>, Alan Chapell <achapell@chapellassociates.com>, "public-tracking@w3.org" <public-tracking@w3.org>, "Dobbs, Brooks" <Brooks.Dobbs@kbmg.com>
Message-ID: <7E3CB879-6C74-4D93-9829-E26ED88B7F7F@iab.net>

The W3C is primarily a technical standard setting body, therefore every change they make is an advancement and innovation (unless I missed a recent recommendation to go back to using fax machines). Now that the W3C has decided to dive headlong into the policy setting role, that dynamic fundamentally changes. Some policy proposals on the table place small advances in privacy over the significant harm they would cause to the job creation and economic growth that has made innovation possible in our industry. The reason I originally pointed you to the new IAB economic study is to demonstrate what exactly is at stake. Your continued dismissal of the economic realities in favor of "change" to privacy practices is shortsighted and inappropriate.

And of course you speak for the W3C. You are a W3C employee providing legal advice in a formal W3C process, who else would you be representing?  All of us have the responsibility to take care in how we present our views as they reflect directly upon our employers.

Mike Zaneis
SVP & General Counsel, IAB
(202) 253-1466

On Oct 1, 2012, at 7:34 PM, "Rigo Wenning" <rigo@w3.org> wrote:

> Mike, 
> On Monday 01 October 2012 22:53:44 Mike Zaneis wrote:
>> I still fail to see how advocating for industry change is the
>> appropriate W3C staff position in this process.
> thanks for the pointers. Very interesting...
> W3C is advocating for industry change in general since its 
> inception. The Web has transformed Society. W3C's mission is to lead 
> the Web to its full potential.[1] W3C contributed significantly to 
> the creation of the  mobile web. And we will continue to push for 
> innovation on all fronts. Is it harmful to call for innovation?
> Please note well that I do not talk on behalf of W3C nor of W3C 
> staff as I haven't run every single email I wrote by the heavy 
> procedure that is necessary before one can claim a W3C position or a 
> W3C Team position. The procedure is so heavy, I would remind you in 
> every single email that I obtained a Team-Position.
> 1.http://www.w3.org/Consortium/
> Rigo
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