Contributed by Nehora Dagan-Hess
On Monday, 14 June 2010, Jeff Jaffe, CEO of W3C arrived in Israel. As guest of the Israel Internet Association (which operates the W3C Israel office), he held meetings with Minister Michael Eitan, government information systems managers. The minister and the CEO of W3C discussed accessibility on the Web, making data available to the public by the government (open data) and W3C activity that is related to government activity.
The day began with a lecture at a seminar for government CIOs. Jeff described how W3C promotes the use of the Web as a tool for improving government services. He referred to the W3C report on the subject of Improving Access to Government through Better Use of the Web and to standards for developing web applications, the semantic web, accessibility and other topics.
In the evening, Jeff continued to a meeting with local technology experts and entrepreneurs, where he described the work of the W3C. After a short 10-minute lecture, the rest of the evening was comprised of a QRA session. Questions were asked about the future of HTML5, micro-payments, information security and privacy, new fields of activity in which W3C is involved and areas which W3C does not handle, and Israeli participation in W3C’s work.
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