Call for Participation: W3C Workshop- Do Not Track and Beyond

Call for Participation: W3C Workshop- Do Not Track and Beyond
Monday, October 22, 2012 - 12:00am

Call For Participation W3C Workshop: Do Not Track and Beyond

26-27 November 2012


Out of the April 2011 W3C workshop on Web Tracking and User Privacy, W3C chartered its Tracking Protection Working Group, which commenced work in September. The Working Group has produced drafts of Do Not Track specifications, concurrent with various implementations in browsers and Web sites and along side heightened press and policymaker attention. Meanwhile, public concern over online privacy — be it tracking, online social networking or identity theft — remains.

For more info about the past workshop and ongoing Working Group:

Goals and Scope

This workshop serves as a forum for the W3C membership and the public to discuss the Consortium's next steps in the area of tracking protection and Web privacy. What have we learned from Do Not Track standardization and real-world implementations? Furthermore, undoubtedly support for privacy on the Web platform cannot end with Do Not Track: what should we look at next and beyond DNT?

The workshop is geared to a broad set of stakeholders, including implementers from the mobile and desktop space, large and small content delivery providers, advertisement networks, search engines, policy and privacy experts, consumer advocates, and other parties with an interest in Web tracking, tracking protection and related technologies. We specifically invite participants from industries that might respond to a Do Not Track preference or use DNT and related technologies for user transparency and choice beyond online behavioral advertising: including, for example, email marketing, mobile application development and online social networking.

Topics for discussion include, but are not limited to:

    * Directions for, and input to, the W3C Tracking Protection Working Group's ongoing work on Do Not Track.

    * Preliminary implementation experience and impact evaluations of Do Not Track and related approaches.

    * Candidates for future W3C standardization on tracking protection in particular, and on user privacy on the Web in general.

    * Trends in online privacy issues and potential techniques to address new concerns.

Participation Requirements

All participants are required to submit a position paper by 22 October. W3C membership is not required and there is no fee to participate in this workshop.

Your paper must meet the following criteria:

    * explains your interest in the Workshop

    * aligned with the Workshop's stated goals as outlined above.

    * 1 to 5 pages long

Submit a position paper via email to:

Important dates

22 October                    Deadline for position papers

26-27 November           Workshop

To facilitate travel after the US post-holiday weekend, the workshop will begin at 2pm on Monday the 26th, and close by 6pm on Tuesday the 27th.


    * Nick Doty, W3C

    * Jan Schallaböck, ICPP

For more information, please contact Nick Doty, W3C <>


The Workshop will be hosted by UC Berkeley, in the Sutardja Dai Hall, in Berkeley, California. Thanks to Yahoo! for sponsoring the Workshop.


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