W3C filing on Eolas patent

Lucas Gonze lgonze at panix.com
Wed Oct 29 09:01:42 PST 2003


See http://www.w3.org/2003/10/28-906-briefing if you haven't seen this 
story elsewhere.

What's interesting about this is the way the W3C is stepping in as a 
guardian of the web as a whole.  Compare that with the way that 
Verisign used its record as a guardian (disputable, I know)  of the DNS 
to attack the DNS with the Sitefindinder service.  When the W3C acts to 
protect the web, it also sets itself up to be a more powerful attacker 
than most.

Future histories of the internet may need to narrate how government 
arose from standards bodies.





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