Tim Berners-Lee Talks Free and Open Web on Its 25th Birthday
March 12, 2014 9:33 AM
The first web server
25 years of the web celebrated this week
It seems for many that the World Wide Web has always been here to serve us, but it has only been around for a few decades. This week marked the 25th birthday of the launch of the web and Google has posted a story by the creator of the web, Tim Berners-Lee.
The web pioneer talks a bit about the creation of the web including the fact that while CERN couldn't justify work on a software project, it did allow Berners-Lee to work on the project on the side. That project eventually became the internet we know and love today.
Berners-Lee distributed a proposal that aimed to improve how information flaws describing a web of notes with links between them. The developer wrote the first browser and editor in 1990. In 1993, a key milestone was reached with CERN declaring that the WWW technology would be made free to all with no royalties forever.
But while it’s fun to look back fondly on the past, Berners-Lee couldn’t help but touch on the future of the internet with regards to the
pesky net neutrality issue
Berners-Lee wrote, "Key decisions on the governance and future of the Internet are looming, and it’s vital for all of us to speak up for the web’s future. How can we ensure that the other 60 percent around the world who are not connected get online fast? How can we make sure that the web supports all languages and cultures, not just the dominant ones? How do we build consensus around open standards to link the coming Internet of Things?
“Will we allow others to package and restrict our online experience, or will we protect the magic of the open web and the power it gives us to say, discover, and create anything? How can we build systems of checks and balances to hold the groups that can spy on the net accountable to the public? These are some of my questions—what are yours?"
Berners-Lee wants people to join in on the future of building web standards and to press every country to develop a digital bill of rights to advance the free and open web for all.
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