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Re: Corporations and the Internet: TED talk

From: Jonathan Chetwynd <j.chetwynd@btinternet.com>
Date: Sun, 17 Jul 2011 21:12:42 +0100
Cc: process-issues@w3.org, public-process-comments@w3.org, Tim Berners-Lee <timbl@w3.org>, www-archive <www-archive@w3.org>
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To: Ian Jacobs <ij@w3.org>

How will you adduce failure & success?
On what basis did you consider that your proposed approach is suitable?
There is no mention of an external audit either in your response or  
the links provided.

the links I provided give clear warnings about the potential and/or  
actual abuse of power by corporations, and the need to enable the  
internet for the individual citizen.

in your proposed community groups document, this retained statement  
appears relevant:
	'Community groups emphasize individual innovation and allow an easy  
way for innovation from individuals to move to the "classic"
	W3C standards process, which emphasizes broad consensus-building and  
implementation among global stakeholders.'
as the current 'consensus' is measured by corporations, and this  
appears to be being retained.

Meeting the needs of the wider public may not be an easy task,
whereas being led astray by corporations may well be trivial.

Where is the evidence, that an external audit would provide?
your supposed changes might be considered mere tokenism by some:

have you consulted widely to engage a broad audience of non-technical  
and identify what there needs and desires might be?
and what would encourage them to contribute their valuable time?

have you identified what percentage of contributed man-hours is a  

I for one remain to be convinced that this is suitable progress for  
the past two years,
neither am I optimistic or enthusiastic about the direction taken.

Corporate growth is not an appropriate guide,
and in my view, the W3C mission statement needs to clearly identify  
the end-user as the major stakeholder,
and ensure they are encouraged to contribute in meaningful ways that  
will lead to successful outcomes that are externally audited.

kind regards

Jonathan Chetwynd

On 17 Jul 2011, at 19:00, Ian Jacobs wrote:

> http://www.w3.org/QA/2011/06/beta_for_community_groups_unde.html
Received on Sunday, 17 July 2011 20:13:20 UTC

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