At this month’s meeting, the ISOC Board of Trustees passed a resolution in support of the W3C‘s efforts to provide a more agile, inclusive, and flexible organizational structure in support of the Web community. The resolution approved an agreement for ISOC to provide the W3C staff expertise in complementary areas, as well as funding.
Raúl Echeberría, Chair of the Internet Society Board of Trustees, writes:
I would like to share directly with you more information about the Board’s decision.
First, a significant portion of ISOC’s mission can be described as working to keep the Internet Ecosystem healthy. ISOC and W3C have been partners in supporting the message of a global open Internet, and we have worked together to promote this vision. We expect the agreement to strengthen this collaboration.
Second, a main role of the W3C is to support the development and maintenance of Web-focused standards. The resolution makes particular note that the W3C’s standards process will continue to be independent. To be clear: ISOC’s support will not encumber W3C’s technical process.
Finally, this agreement does not affect other key ISOC programs and efforts. Specifically, it does not alter the relationship between ISOC and the IETF. Leadership of both the IETF and IAB were consulted in the process of the agreement’s development.
Both ISOC and W3C strongly believe that open standards are key to the Internet’s role as a platform for innovation around the world, and that this agreement broadens support for this belief. Both organizations will be in close consultation to ensure the agreement is meeting its intended aims. The full text of the resolution and a jointly-developed FAQ will be posted on the ISOC and W3C websites soon.
Raúl Echeberría, Chair
Internet Society Board of Trustees