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Re: Request for Disclosure of W3C TPWG Funding Sources

From: Dobbs, Brooks <Brooks.Dobbs@kbmg.com>
Date: Tue, 11 Feb 2014 17:44:25 +0000
To: Alan Chapell <achapell@chapellassociates.com>, Jeff Jaffe <jeff@w3.org>, "Jack L. Hobaugh Jr" <jack@networkadvertising.org>
CC: "public-tracking@w3.org (public-tracking@w3.org)" <public-tracking@w3.org>
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Jeff,
So I am still unclear as to the reasoning.  Are the names not being disclosed because: 1)  simply as a matter of general W3C policy, you are internally debating if sources should be divulged or 2) contributors have been specifically promised anonymity?
-Brooks

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From: Alan Chapell <achapell@chapellassociates.com<mailto:achapell@chapellassociates.com>>
Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2014 12:00 PM
To: Jeff Jaffe <jeff@w3.org<mailto:jeff@w3.org>>, Brooks Dobbs <brooks.dobbs@kbmg.com<mailto:brooks.dobbs@kbmg.com>>, "Jack L. Hobaugh Jr" <jack@networkadvertising.org<mailto:jack@networkadvertising.org>>
Cc: "public-tracking@w3.org<mailto:public-tracking@w3.org> (public-tracking@w3.org<mailto:public-tracking@w3.org>)" <public-tracking@w3.org<mailto:public-tracking@w3.org>>
Subject: Re: Request for Disclosure of W3C TPWG Funding Sources

Jeff -

This lack of transparency around which companies are providing funds to sustain the work of the TPWG serves only to fuel serious questions – for example, how the W3C's quest for funding on such an economically charged debate might result in particular scrutiny should funders of the effort also find themselves less disadvantaged by the outcome than non-funders. Although transparency won't entirely assuage all concerns, it would be an important first step.

I encourage you to reconsider.

Cheers,

Alan Chapell



From: Jeff Jaffe <jeff@w3.org<mailto:jeff@w3.org>>
Date: Sunday, January 26, 2014 10:09 PM
To: "Dobbs, Brooks" <Brooks.Dobbs@kbmg.com<mailto:Brooks.Dobbs@kbmg.com>>, "Jack L. Hobaugh Jr" <jack@networkadvertising.org<mailto:jack@networkadvertising.org>>
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Subject: Re: Request for Disclosure of W3C TPWG Funding Sources
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Resent-Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2014 03:09:25 +0000

Brooks,

We have not established a policy for the various sponsors of W3C events and activities that they must be publicly disclosed.  There are quite a number each year, and some prefer anonymity.

Last year, when there was a request for disclosure for TPWG, we consulted with the Sponsors.  There was general comfort with disclosure at that time; although some only wanted to disclose if all the others would disclose as well.  I was pleased to be able to disclose the Sponsor names with the comfort of all of the Sponsors.

I would like to give this year's Sponsors the benefit of having that same discussion with other Sponsors for this year.

Jeff

On 1/24/2014 2:55 PM, Dobbs, Brooks wrote:
Jeff,

I agree with previous commenters here, and feel it is important for there there to be transparency into financial support for this effort.  I am not sure how the ongoing process of seeking more contributors impacts the need for or timing of transparency.  Are we to take from this that a negotiable term in providing funding would be to have such funding be non-disclosable?  If the list is simply incomplete at this time, can I suggest we simply start with an email showing current funders and add to it as new participants come on?  A couple more TPWG emails won't push my box past its limit.

-Brooks


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From: Jeff Jaffe <jeff@w3.org<mailto:jeff@w3.org>>
Date: Thursday, January 23, 2014 5:36 PM
To: "Jack L. Hobaugh Jr" <jack@networkadvertising.org<mailto:jack@networkadvertising.org>>
Cc: "public-tracking@w3.org<mailto:public-tracking@w3.org> (public-tracking@w3.org<mailto:public-tracking@w3.org>)" <public-tracking@w3.org<mailto:public-tracking@w3.org>>
Subject: Re: Request for Disclosure of W3C TPWG Funding Sources
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Resent-Date: Thursday, January 23, 2014 5:36 PM

Jack,

Thanks for raising this issue and reminding the community that this fine work will best continue with additional sponsorship of the work - as we did last year.

In terms of listing the sponsors, I certainly don't want to do this piecemeal.

It is early in the year and we are still talking to various stakeholders about their willingness to sponsor.  I would like to have the disclosure discussion after we have concluded the dialog with potential sponsors.

Jeff

On 1/23/2014 4:47 PM, Jack L. Hobaugh Jr wrote:
Jeff,

Following the hiatus and during one of our weekly W3C TPWG Wednesday teleconferences, you had mentioned that the W3C had obtained additional funding for the TPWG’s work.  One of the TPWG participants then asked you to please disclose the source of that funding.  You stated that you could not disclose the source of the funding at that time but that it might be possible to disclose that information at a later date. Could you please provide the TPWG with that information now?

Thank you very much.

Jack


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