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So, for all you standards people and (in particular) W3C Members:  I'm running for the W3C Advisory Board.

The Advisory Board provides guidance to the W3C on issues of strategy, management, legal matters, process, and conflict resolution.  The AB also, in particular, manages the evolution of the W3C Process.

I'm running for the AB because I feel the W3C is at a crossroads; there have always been (and will likely always be) multiple constituencies for the web, and particularly now, several key issues are critical: notably, the openness and simplicity of the W3C Process, and the issue of licensing of specifications.  I feel strongly we have the opportunity now to reform and streamline the W3C Process, improve the openness of specification licensing, and make the W3C a better organization for everyone.

If your employer is a W3C Member, I'd ask that you ask your AC representative to vote for myself, as well as my friend and cohort from Mozilla, Tantek Çelik (whose post is linked below).

The nomination statement I submitted is below:

Chris began working on web browsers in 1993 when he co-authored the original Windows version of NCSA Mosaic. After leaving NCSA in 1994 and spending a year working on the AIRMosaic web browser for SPRY, Inc., he joined Microsoft's Internet Explorer team as a developer in 1995. Over the course of 15 years, Chris represented Microsoft in many standards working groups, in particular helping develop standards for Cascading Style Sheets, HTML, the Document Object Model and XSL in the W3C. He co-chaired the HTML Working Group from 2007-2009.

In 2010, Chris left Microsoft and joined Google’s Developer Relations team, focused on the open web platform. He participates in the Web Audio Working Group, edits the Web MIDI API specification, and lurks on several other working and community groups.
I am running for the W3C Advisory Board (AB) for one of four open seats on a reform and openness platform. If your company or organization is a member of the W3C (World Wide Web Consortium), please ask your AC Representative to vote (W3C member-only link) for myself and Chris Wilson in support ...
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"Manifesto" is such a loaded word.

My motives and desires?

Streamline the process.  Enable living specifications, that don't take 5 years to reach "final" status.  Change the licensing model to enable sane reuse of W3C specifications - and yes, even forking, if it comes to that.  At the same time, attempt to rebuild the value of work happening in the W3C enough so that forking outside the W3C seems silly.

In short, Tantek's "reforming the AB" post pretty well represents my positions as well; we had, of course, discussed this together prior to his post.
 
+Chris Wilson I just meant the dictionary definition ("declaration of policy and aims").

Seems like a reasonable first step, so long as it's just the first step of many. :-)
 
+Ian Hickson :) Yeah, I know the dictionary definition is totally innocuous, and sounds like a good thing - and then you look at examples, and it's The Unabomber manifesto and Mein Kampf.  :)  You're right on, though.

I do think there's a long journey ahead to really reform the W3C Process.
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