From Web Lab’s “about page”:
Web Lab is a New York-based non-profit think tank that encourages and supports innovation on the Web, with a special emphasis on developing the potential of the medium to bring people together to explore both personal and public issues in powerful, transforming ways. It was created on the premise that the Web can be more than an efficient place to find and buy commercial products or to access information on any topic under the sun. It is also an extremely powerful communications medium that provides unprecedented opportunities for people with diverse backgrounds and experiences to connect with, and learn from, each other.
Web Lab sets up simultaneous small discussion groups and is designed to "avoid the verbal fistfights that often plague Internet discussions and instead encourage “dialogues across differences” – in-depth exchanges between people with varying backgrounds, experiences and perspectives." This Small Group Dialogue method aims to do so by fostering participants’ sense of belonging and investment through frequent visits.
Web Lab was founded in the spring of 1997 by Marc Weiss. It is the operations program of Digital Innovations Group, a 501©(3) non-profit incorporated in the state of Delaware.
Web Development Fund is another project of Web Lab. It provides funding and support services for innovative sites proposed by independent producers. The first two rounds of the WDF were conducted in association with PBS ONLINE.