Happy 25th Birthday W.W.W. (World Wide Web)
I am not exactly sure what I would be doing today if 25 years ago, Tim Berners-Lee, didn’t work to set up a web server.
In 1989 I was probably rockin’ British Knights and Playing Tecmo Bowl on the NES pretty much every day. But thankfully, there was a need at CERN and Bernes-Lee was able to solve it by inventing the Web as we know it today.
After reading the post on Google’s Blog, I thought I’d throw in my 2cents.
I know there has been much talk about ‘open and free’ use of the web, and also many of the popular tools used to contribute to the web as of late. Although, I primarily utilize Microsoft Technologies, I am a strong supporter of ‘open and free’. By allowing the web to be open and free it allows virtually anyone to enter the domain and contribute as they feel; and on the other-side, an open and free web empowers anyone to receive the contributions from others from anywhere, anytime.
The web did much more for me than I probably will ever be able to do for it because it has allowed me to contribute to society on a tangible level, and continuously learn from some of the greatest minds our world has ever experienced. It’s surreal that only 25 years ago the web was being introduced to the world, and in its short span has made a paradigm shift in the way the world works. As IT professionals, as citizens of the world, I think we need to do what we can to influence others to have the opportunity to experience the wonders of the web, if they so choose, protect the accessibility of the web, and ask the tough questions/propose solutions about how do we want to see the web over the next 25 years.
Although, the web is still a version of the wild wild west, I love it and I support the radical openness!
I’ll also, come up with a few questions and try to answer some of the questions proposed by Tim.
“Style is surely our own thing, Not the false disguise of show-biz”