The European branch of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), an effort whose activities are coordinated at MIT's Laboratory for Computer Science (LCS), was launched November 2 in Paris.
Officials of the French government and the European commission joined representatives of the 25 companies currently making up the W3C European branch at the event.
Attending from MIT were Professor Michael L. Dertouzos, LCS director; Albert Vezza, associate LCS director; and Timothy J. Berners-Lee, a principal research scientist at the LCS, creator of the World Wide Web and director of the W3C.
Other speakers were Dr. Martin Bangemann, the commissioner of the European Union in charge of industrial policy, information technologies and industries, and telecommunications; Francois Fillon, France's minister of information technology and postal services; Alain Bensoussan, chairman of INRIA (the National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Control), a major French research laboratory which will manage W3C operations in Europe; and George Metakides, director of ESPRIT (the European Strategic Program for Research and Development in Information Technologies).
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on November 8, 1995.