Hello and welcome friends of the Wider Web!
I’m deep in production mode of a limited series of Tiny Memex but took a bit of time outside of my decifactory to find and share the best people, projects, and events on the Wider Web and the Agreement Bedrock. It’s a rocky time on planet Earth and I’m grateful for everyone (including you!) who works toward a stable future for inter-state communication.
Fill your bathtub with water, tape up your windows, and check your stock of candles because it’s time for another issue of the Transmutable News Weekly!
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Imanol Fernandez of Igalia demonstrated the power of open source by revealing that the Wider Web browser Wolvic can now run on multiple web engines, including Mozilla’s Gecko, WebKit’s WPE, and the back end of Google’s Chromium.
The first annual Metaverse Fashion Week will start on 24 March in Decentraland, offering catwalks as well as sales of clothes and accessories that bundle physical and digital versions.
WA/AR Studio is a team of XR creators who were forced to leave Ukraine and now they are looking for work for their experienced designers and developers.
Qualcomm launched their Snapdragon Metaverse Fund that aims to distribute $100M to teams who are willing to work on their Snapdragon Spaces developer platform. It would be excellent to bring Wider Web apps to the generally native-app-oriented platform, either through an immersive browser port (perhaps Wolvic?) or a native wrapper for progressive web apps.
Long-time SVVR community leader and contributor Jon lost everything in their Oculus account 14 days ago and while Meta has acknowledged the issue they’ve offered no guidance on when (or if!) Jon’s many games and digital bodies will be returned.
The United States Department of Justice issued new guidance for web teams who obey the Americans with Disabilities Act. As the new display modes and input types of the Wider Web become more prevalent our community will need to work with the DOJ to include guidance on those new capabilities and hurdles.
Charlie Warzel of the Atlantic published an interview with Wagner James Au, the author of New World Notes which is one of the longest running publication about virtual worlds, the Metaverse, and other XR spaces. Au has diligently chronicled the social, political, economic, and hype cycles of Second Life as well as its relationship with the many other platforms that have launched and disappeared and in this interview they share insights that they collected along the way.
Stay open, friends.