The Web is the most impactful innovation of our time.
21 de agosto del 2018
The World Wide Web has changed the lives of millions of people around the world. There are very few innovations that have truly changed everything. The Web is the most impactful innovation of our time.
On August 6, 1991, British computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee publicly launched a server to meet the demand for information-sharing between physicists in universities and institutions around the world. He initially proposed the idea while working at a Swiss physics laboratory in 1989. However there is an estimated 650 million websites online today, and according to latest government statistics released in May, 87.9% of UK adults (45.9 million people) used the internet in the past three months.
In a Web Foundation letter on the anniversary Tim states: “I remain committed to making sure the web is a free, open, creative space for everyone. That vision is only possible if we get everyone online, and make sure the web works for people.” Tim continues: “Today, I want to challenge us all to have greater ambitions for the web. I want the web to reflect our hopes and fulfill our dreams, rather than magnify our fears and deepen our divisions.” Tim also notes: “As the late internet activist John Perry Barlow, once said: “a good way to invent the future is to predict it”. It may sound utopian, it may sound impossible to achieve after the setbacks of the last two years, but I want us to imagine that future and build it.” This is inspiring, indeed; both generally but also for the W3C and the Web.