Come to the Workshop
This presents us with an interesting problem, as a community. The establishment of an aggregator/aggregated relationship is not unusual on the Internet; there is always an amount of tension between them. However, it’s easy to see proposals like Web Packaging as effectively handing more control to large companies that are already under scrutiny for how much power they have on the Internet, and how they use it. Standardising Web Packaging could be seen to legitimise that shift in power.
While the community at the IETF represents a variety of technical views, the publishing and advertising industry is not so well-represented. In contemplating the potential effects of standardising Web Packaging on these industries and on the Internet, it’s important to ensure that all of the affected communities are involved.
To that end, the Internet Architecture Board is holding the ESCAPE Workshop, to gather the stakeholders in this discussion—including the proponents of these packaging formats, aggregators of content, the media and advertising industries, and other interested parties to hear their thoughts about their experiences, discuss the potential effects of these proposals, understand the underlying requirements that are driving them, and explore other possible solutions.
If this includes you, or you are interested in discussing the trade-offs involved, please submit a position paper by 3 June 2019.