@ekaitz_zarraga @Shamar @cwebber W3C is 99.99999% corporate. They have a couple of community folks, etc., for the exact same purpose.

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@aral @ekaitz_zarraga @Shamar W3C is in general heavily influenced by its corporate members. It's rare to get something like ActivityPub through which doesn't have corporate backing. I wish this weren't true.

@cwebber @aral @ekaitz_zarraga @Shamar
In some way, it's a wonderful time to be alive, because we don't HAVE to get our protocols accepted by the W3C before we can use them. It wasn't always like this.

@cjd @cwebber @aral @ekaitz_zarraga @Shamar That WAS always the case, but adoption is another thing. Standards can of course exist outside the W3C, but reaching official recommendation status is a politically significant qualifier, like a mark of legitimacy.

@trwnh @cwebber @aral @ekaitz_zarraga @Shamar
I'm thinking at some point in history, you simply could not connect a device to the telephone system without it having been approved by the ITU. Picture is an acoustic coupler modem, a legal hack around the problem...

@cjd Right, but that didn't stop you from running an alternative open standard. Which what really matters here: as long as a standard is open and documented, anyone can implement it. Even in the days of IE6 when Microsoft would openly flaunt standards, that still made Microsoft its own standards body. It comes down to adoption, not technical ability.

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