So while we were all busy using and abusing it, the World Wide Web turned 25 years old last Wednesday. In March of 1989, Tim Berners-Lee had a light bulb moment as impactful as the invention of the light bulb its self! Proposing “a universal linked information system” to help academics across the globe interact, share data and jointly run a particle accelerator, it led to the existence we know today fueled by social media, content and real-time communications.
The concept of a hyperlink was born leading to the infusion of vast amounts of data onto the web from around the globe. The feedback was tremendous, word caught on and the World Wide Web Consortium (W3c) was founded by Berners-Lee to oversee the technology. It took a few months to get things up and running, but today entire organization rely on it, it gets built and rebuilt daily, and it grows by leaps and bound through contributions in data, infrastructure, and social media minute-to-minute. It’s safe to say the web has shaped our lives as we know it.
So how does the man feel about his legacy? He sees it as a work in progress! He thinking about the web as it will exist in another 25 years. He’s thrilled by the level of diversity but worries about the battle for control. The web, he expounds is just another extension of the human inclination to share and connect. He therefore believes in an open web, but worries about security and privacy at the same time. He hasn’t forgotten how to live live out from behind a computer screen. Have a read at the in-depth Q&A, and enjoy!