What is the W3C?
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is the main international standards organization for the World Wide Web. The W3C is made up of member organizations that work together in the development of standards for the World Wide Web, with web security being a core aspect of the standards work. The WebAuthn standard is the result of W3C security leadership with a desired outcome of standardizing web security across leading browsers, platforms and services.
What does the W3C do?
W3C’s primary activity is to develop protocols and guidelines that ensure long-term growth for the Web. W3C’s standards define key parts of what makes the World Wide Web work.
Did W3C author Webauthn?
Webauthn was developed under the umbrella of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). Yubico along with Microsoft and Google are leading contributors. Webauthn marked a milestone in the history of open authentication standards and internet security.
What are the goals of the W3C?
Web of trust
As more activity moves online, it will become even more important to support complex interactions among parties
Web for rich interaction
The Web was invented as a communications tool intended to allow anyone, anywhere to share information. W3C standards have supported this evolution
Web of data and services
Some people view the Web as a giant repository of linked data while others as a giant set of services that exchange messages. The two views are complementary, and which to use often depends on the application
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