Happy Birthday World Wide Web!

Paul Clarke

Sir Tim Berners-Lee's huge online bill.

Today marks the 25th birthday of the World Wide Web. Intended as a way to make sharing information over computers easier, the Web has transformed lives in ways its creator Sir Tim Berners-Lee never thought possible. Critical of Internet surveillance by governments world- wide, Sir Tim Berners-Lee now believes an online "Bill of Rights" is needed for a healthy, open Internet.

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers wish the World Wide Web a happy birthday.

Filling in for our humble blogwatcher Richi Jennings, is a humbler Stephen Glasskeys.


Not a troglodyte, Sharon Gaudin uses the Internet:

[On the] 25th anniversary of the World Wide Web...87% of U.S. adults use the Internet. ... That's a significant change compared to the 42% of U.S. adults who had never heard of [it] in 1995...six years after Tim Berners-Lee...introduced the idea of the World Wide Web.  MORE


So Rich McCormick proposes to a computer:

On March 12th, 1989, Sir Tim Berners-Lee put forth a proposal to make information sharing possible over computers, using nodes and links to create a "web" that would eventually...become the modern Internet. ... [Now] Berners-Lee has called for the Internet he invented to stay free and open.  MORE


Straight talk from Sir Tim Berners-Lee:

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.


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.  MORE


Then Jemima Kiss fights for our rights:

The inventor of the world wide web believes an online "Magna Carta" is needed to protect and enshrine the independence of the medium he created and the rights of its users worldwide.  MORE


Meanwhile, the BBC serves breakfast:

[Sir Tim Berners-Lee] has been an outspoken critic of government surveillance following a series of leaks from ex-US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden.


He told BBC Breakfast the online community has now reached a crossroads.


"It's time for us to make a big communal decision," he said. "In front of us are two roads - which way are we going to go? ... Are we going to continue on the road and just allow the governments to do more and more and more control - more and more surveillance?"  MORE

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