A Magna Carta For The Web – Sir Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web 25 years ago. Find out more: here.
So it’s worth a listen when he warns us: There’s a battle ahead. Eroding net neutrality, filter bubbles and centralising corporate control all threaten the web’s wide-open spaces.
It’s up to users to fight for the right to access and openness.
The question is, What kind of Internet do we want?
“It’s hard to overstate the impact of the global system he created. It’s almost Gutenbergian.” — Time
Why should you watch the video?
In the 1980s, scientists at CERN were asking themselves how massive, complex, collaborative projects — like the fledgling LHC — could be orchestrated and tracked. Tim Berners-Lee, then a contractor, answered by inventing the World Wide Web.
This global system of hypertext documents, linked through the Internet, brought about a massive cultural shift ushered in by the new tech and content it made possible: AOL, eBay, Wikipedia, TED.com…
Berners-Lee is now director of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), which maintains standards for the Web and continues to refine its design. Recently he has envisioned a “Semantic Web” — an evolved version of the same system that recognizes the meaning of the information it carries.
He’s the 3Com Founders Professor of Engineering in the School of Engineering with a joint appointment in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Laboratory for Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence (CSAIL) at the MIT, where he also heads the Decentralized Information Group (DIG). He is also a Professor in the Electronics and Computer Science Department at the University of Southampton, UK.
A Magna Carta For The Web is a great watch.
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