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
- Russia Turns the Screws on Internet Freedomon October 14, 2019 at 8:21 am
"If they take that, we will have nothing," said Mikhail Svetov from the Libertarian Party. "We don't have free elections, we don't have press freedom, the television is completely controlled —the ...
- Is Sisi shutting down internet freedom in Egypt?on October 10, 2019 at 10:54 pm
22 that major internet service providers in Egypt had begun to restrict access to some websites ... Netblocks emphasized that these restrictions undermine freedom of the press and the right of ...
- Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa: Global Voices represents at Addis Ababa digital rights conferenceon October 9, 2019 at 12:12 am
The Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa (FIFAfrica) took place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on September 23-26, 2019, as a historic event convening over 300 journalists, media workers, researchers, human ...
- 'Don't transfer the WhatsApp traceability case,' Internet Freedom Foundation asks Supreme Courton September 23, 2019 at 5:14 am
Indian Media [Internet Freedom] Foundation has brought something to the table.” Follow our extensive coverage of the WhatsApp traceability case and Facebook’s subsequent transfer petition here.
- Global AI Internet Freedom Fund Launches Investment Fund to Fuel Next Generation of Applied AI Solutionson August 27, 2019 at 7:41 am
WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Global AI Internet Freedom Fund, LP today announced the launch of their new $20 million investment fund. The Global AI Internet Freedom Fund will invest in and nurture ...
- The EU’s latest assault on internet freedomon August 15, 2019 at 5:00 pm
ISPs and European websites will fall over themselves to avoid publishing anything that makes Brussels uncomfortable. Internet freedom is in serious danger.
- The Myth of Internet Freedomon April 7, 2019 at 6:28 pm
In the early days of the web, tech pioneers trumpeted the libertarian ideal that “information wants to be free” and speculated that an unregulated internet would lead to freedom around the world. But ...
- The State of Internet Freedom Around the Worldon March 22, 2019 at 2:03 am
Global access to the internet has jumped by leaps and bounds in the past decade, but how free and open the web is varies significantly from country to country. A study from nonprofit organization ...
- Russia internet freedom: Thousands protest against cyber-security billon March 10, 2019 at 9:18 am
Some protesters chanted slogans such as "hands off the internet" and "no to isolation" while others ... Another campaigner, Sergei Boiko, told AFP news agency that "the government is battling freedom" ...
- The authoritarian assault on Internet freedom is on the move in Russia and Indiaon February 20, 2019 at 7:52 pm
Just last week, two retreats came in Russia and India. The potential value of the Internet, and its very freedom, is again shadowed by forces of authoritarianism and state control. The first came Feb.
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