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Send us your questions for new W3C CEO Jeff Jaffe

by peterb Contributions Published on Mar 17, 2010 10:52 AM
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) recently appointed Jeff Jaffe as their new Chief Executive Officer. Jeff had most recently worked as Chief Technology Officer at Novell.

W3C is an international community that sets standards for the web. Its work has had significant positive impact, and has helped free the web from proprietary standards. W3C is also famous as the home of Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the world wide web.

I had the opportunity earlier this week to sit down with Jeff and discuss with him his appointment and learn a little more about the work of W3C and his plans for the coming year. Jeff talked about the importance of W3C's Royalty-Free Patent Policy and we discussed how the free software community could participate in and follow the work of W3C. He stated that he wanted to "make sure that free software advocates view W3C -- which has spearheaded the removal of patent royalties from standards -- as a great place to participate."

Jeff has indicated that, as the new W3C CEO, he will emphasize listening to stakeholders during his first few weeks on the job. As part of that, he has kindly offered to participate in a session at this weekend's LibrePlanet conference at the Harvard Science Center, where we can discuss increasing the cooperation between the free software community and the W3C.

So, if you would like to put a question to Jeff about the work of W3C, this is a great opportunity. Please write to campaigns@fsf.org and we will select the best questions we receive.

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