Twenty-five years ago today, I filed the proposal for what was to become the World Wide Web.
My boss dubbed it ‘vague but exciting’. Luckily, he thought enough of the idea to allow me to quietly work on it on the side.
In the following quarter-century, the Web has changed the world in ways that I never could have imagined. There have been many exciting advances. It has generated billions of dollars in economic growth, turned data into the gold of the 21st century, unleashed innovation in education and healthcare, whittled away geographic and social boundaries, revolutionised the media, and forced a reinvention of politics in many countries by enabling constant two-way dialogue between the rulers and the ruled.
There are a few principles which allowed the web, as a platform, to support such growth. By design, the Web is universal, royalty-free, open and decentralised. Thousands of people worked together to build the early Web in an amazing, non-national spirit of collaboration; tens of thousands more invented the applications and services that make it so useful to us today, and there is still room for each one of us to create new things on and through the Web. This is for everyone.
Today, and throughout this year, we should celebrate the Web’s first 25 years. But though the mood is upbeat, we also know we are not done. We have much to do for the Web to reach its full potential. We must continue to defend its core principles and tackle some key challenges. To name just three:
- How do we connect the nearly two-thirds of the planet who can’t yet access the Web?
- Who has the right to collect and use our personal data, for what purpose and under what rules?
- How do we create a high-performance open architecture that will run on any device, rather than fall back into proprietary alternatives?
There are no easy answers to these, and many other questions. Remember though that the Web was built by all of us, and so we all can, and should, play a role in defining its future.
The Latest on: Internet Freedom
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The Latest on: Internet Freedom
- Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren Are the Best Candidates on Internet Freedomon January 30, 2020 at 9:37 am
Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren are the best 2020 presidential candidates of any party on internet and press freedom, according to a new study by Free Press, a nonpartisan, nonprofit that ...
- Rosenworcel Warns of Potential Presidential Ability to Shut Down the Interneton January 29, 2020 at 5:15 am
FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, in a passionate keynote speech to the State of the Net annual conference, focused on growing political challenges to Internet freedom. Acknowledging the long run ...
- A ‘symbol of public good’ on the internet is under attackon January 29, 2020 at 12:00 am
An organization intends to sell the .org domain name, predominantly used by nonprofits, to a private equity group—and nonprofits are protesting.
- Kremlin has its hands in the global internet, and it’s also trying to control cyberspace at homeon January 26, 2020 at 9:59 am
Russia so far has tread relatively carefully in its censorship efforts. Still, internet freedom monitors in Russia fear its new “sovereign internet” law one day could rival Chinese and Iranian online ...
- The Kremlin has its hands in the internet around the world, and it's also trying to control cyberspace at homeon January 26, 2020 at 8:09 am
Russia so far has tread relatively carefully in its censorship efforts. Still, internet freedom monitors in Russia fear its new "sovereign internet" law could one day rival Chinese and Iranian online ...
- Internet Freedom 10 Years Inon January 21, 2020 at 1:59 pm
Hillary Clinton gave her first speech on internet freedom 10 years ago today. When I started my job at Facebook nearly a year later, in January 2011, you could still feel its reverberations. Egypt ...
- US boosts internet freedom programme to support Iran protestson January 19, 2020 at 8:06 am
The outreach is part of a US government programme dedicated to internet freedom that supports dissident pressure inside Iran and complements America’s policy of “maximum pressure” over the ...
- Low scores for Malaysia in global survey on internet freedomon January 16, 2020 at 12:09 am
Many countries still have curbs on social media and websites, a survey of internet freedom in 150 countries has found. PETALING JAYA: Malaysia ranks as one of the worst countries for internet ...
- Opinion | We need greater clarity on internet freedom in Indiaon January 14, 2020 at 9:44 am
The court went on to say that since the internet has become one of the major means of information diffusion, “freedom of speech and expression through the medium of internet is an integral part ...
- Pinging Freedom: India lost $1.3 billion to internet shutdownon January 12, 2020 at 12:19 pm
India may be celebrating the advances it has made in terms of promotion of technology-the government is pushing Digital India-but a new report on internet ... curbs internet freedom to a high ...
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