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W3C Steers course to become a non-profit organization

The Worldwide Web Consortium (W3C) announced on Tuesday that it plans to launch as a non-profit organization in January 2023.

The W3C will be registered as a not-for-profit organization under US 501(c)(3) legal doctrine. This stipulation will make the W3C a tax-exempt “charitable organization” prohibited from benefiting private interests, according to the language of the US Internal Revenue Service.

The organization, best known for creating “recommendations” that have guided widely adopted web technologies, such as HTML and CSS, plans to establish bylaws and have a board elected by its members. However, its process for recommendations involving technical reviews by W3C members “large and small” does not change with the nonprofit change.

“The advisory board will continue to guide the improvement of the community-driven process document,” the announcement explained. “The Technical Architecture Group will continue to be the highest authority on technical matters.”

Additionally, nothing changes regarding W3C’s support for open standards and its “W3C Royalty-Free Patent Policy,” the announcement added.

The W3C is making this change to 501(c)(3) nonprofit status to “achieve clearer reporting, accountability, greater diversity and strategic direction, better global coordination,” the W3C explained. ‘announcement.

Many may have thought that the W3C was already a non-profit organization. According to a W3C spokesperson, it was really just a consortium of its member host institutions.

“The W3C is not already a not-for-profit organization,” the spokesperson explained. “The W3C was a consortium of four host institutions; it was not an independent legal entity.”

These four host institutions include the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Keio University in Japan, the European Consortium for Research in Computer Science and Mathematics in France, and Beihang University in China.

Choosing to go with US nonprofit law gave W3C the best flexibility to continue its global specification work, the spokesperson added.

The W3C was originally founded in 1994 by Tim Berners-Lee, widely recognized as the principal “inventor of the Web”. It was designed as a global consortium to coordinate the various web standards emerging at the time.

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