Video and Slides
Outline: Web is Communications
Dominique Hazael-Massieux, W3C, Web Technology Expert & Software Engineer
Beyond WebRTC, the Open Web Platform expanding capabilities are helping make Web browsers a key component of existing and future communication systems: this presentation will review the ongoing work in W3C that paves the way for what future Web-based communication systems may look like.
You can ask Dom questions in the comments section of this weblog, or contact Dom directly, his info is in his presentation.
With one web server you can reach 4B people! The web is an amazing platform. Yes, there is the awareness issue, let’s assume your service goes viral 😉 Permissionless innovation is made possible, you can just do it on the web!
Dom introduces the W3C (430+ organizations and 60 staff) that works to keep the web as open and accessible as possible. WebRTC is a big achievement in web communications, and there’s still much to do in opening up WebRTC to support innovation across codecs, architectures, and protocols. And better supporting features such as screen-sharing, background blurring/removal, and taking advantage of WebAssembly and WebGPU.
Security is critical, and anchoring trust in identity is a hot topic, with WebAuthn, Decentralized Identifiers, and Self Sovereign Identity. We heard yesterday from Guillaume from TeleSign on the importance of the convergence of offline and online identity.
The Web Neural Network API (WebNN) will be important for many communication applications such as noise suppression, transcription, translation, and recognition. Regardless of ability, real time communications should be accessible to everyone.
With Web Transport, QUIC, and HTTP3 there a many new ways to optimize communications performance over the internet. One topic Dom mentioned is scalable video coding; matching coding to the screen. I worked on a European project nearly 30 years ago on SVC, back then it was broadcast and contribution quality SDTV and HDTV. Not the explosion of formats we have today.
The scope of W3C is vast, also encompassing progressive web apps, payments / monetization, and the Immersive Web (AR/VR). The Web is Communications, and any company involved in programmable communications should be part of the W3C.
Thank you Dom for an insightful presentation of how the Web is Communications 🙂