News Release: Internet Society Reconfirms Support for World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) with $1 Million Donation

Internet Society Reconfirms Support for World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) 
with $1 Million Donation

Internet Society Board Approves Donation to Support W3C Stewardship of 
Open Web Platform

Reston, VA, USA; Geneva, Switzerland; and — 17 
November 2010 — In its continuing efforts to foster an open Internet 
ecosystem, the Internet Society today announced a 1M USD donation to the 
World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). This donation, the second installment 
of the Internet Society's 2009 pledge of 2.5M USD over three years, will 
support the evolution of W3C as an organization that creates open Web 

"The W3C is a key member of the ecosystem of organizations that supports 
the continued development, operation, and use of the open, global 
Internet," said Raúl Echeberría, Chair of the Internet Society Board of 
Trustees. "The W3C and the Internet Society have long cooperated to 
advance our shared values through independent voices. We are pleased to 
support the W3C's continued organizational evolution as it strengthens 
its stewardship role to the growing community of Web users and 
developers around the world."

Both organizations have closely aligned views and strongly support the 
ongoing evolution of the open Internet as an invaluable platform for 
innovation. As active participants in the development of the open 
standards that ensure that the various parts of the system interoperate, 
both the Internet Society and W3C work to forge the strong partnerships 
among the various organizations that form this Internet Ecosystem. These 
communities help ensure the stability and growth of the platform.

"The first part of ISOC's donation has enabled the W3C community to 
develop a strategic vision for the organization," said Jeff Jaffe, W3C 
CEO. "The vision includes standardization of technologies for an Open 
Web Platform, new opportunities for technology innovation and developer 
engagement, increased international participation, and efforts to ensure 
that business, government, and all users benefit from W3C's results. 
ISOC's continued support allows us to execute this plan, which I believe 
will drive the growth and success of the future Web."

The two organizations will continue to operate independently, and will 
maintain their long-standing, informal collaboration. A FAQ with 
additional information is available.


Web Resources:
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FAQ about ISOC and W3C:

Media Contact - ISOC:
International —
     Anya Chambers <>, +1 224-321-0378

Media Contacts - W3C:
Contact Americas, Australia —
     Ian Jacobs, <>, +1.718.260.9447
Contact Europe, Africa and the Middle East —
     Marie-Claire Forgue, <>, +33 6 76 86 33 41

About the Internet Society (ISOC)
The Internet Society is a non-profit organization founded in 1992 to 
provide leadership in Internet-related standards, education and policy. 
It is dedicated to ensuring the open development, evolution and use of 
the Internet for the benefit of people throughout the world. See

About the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is an international consortium where 
Member organizations, a full-time staff, and the public work together to 
develop Web standards. W3C primarily pursues its mission through the 
creation of Web standards and guidelines designed to ensure long-term 
growth for the Web. Over 350 organizations are Members of the 
Consortium. W3C is jointly run by the MIT Computer Science and 
Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (MIT CSAIL) in the USA, the European 
Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics (ERCIM) 
headquartered in France and Keio University in Japan, and has additional 
Offices worldwide. For more information see


Received on Wednesday, 17 November 2010 16:25:34 UTC