I was involved in starting the credentials CG (which spawned out of the web payments cg) back in 2014 https://www.w3.org/community/credentials/2014/08/06/call-for-participation-in-credentials-community-group/
the ability to fund work that relates to tech production that provides natural persons the beneficial ownership of their data, was severely lacking and indeed under attack by sophistocated actors who knew exactly what they were doing (whilst their now ‘pivoting’ to suggest they were unaware, etc.).
Therein - we need to fund people who work online. sadly, business models to do so have resulted in far too much ‘web slavery’. there were union movements in the past, they’ll be a new one soon imho - i think gov will love it too, as the outcome should help re:distribute wealth; whereby the economic participation of all americans, makes silicon valleey problems minor by comparison.
but - point is, there’s work that could be done - but hasn’t been done, because we haven’t known how to fund it.
without the leadership of TimBL, i think it would still be significantly less safe to do this work; and that, we wouldn’t have as much interest in it, as we do now due to his choices.