Quick read from W3C Director and World Wide Web Foundation founder on both the ethos behind the founding of the Internet, a cursory read on where things are now, and the three (of many) things that need addressing and fixing, given the current cultural climate on the internet (where you are, no doubt, reading this right now). His #3 is really interesting, a web unto itself; and I’ve mulled over #1 so many times my head hurts, there seems to be no easy solution to that one.
Today marks 28 years since I submitted my original proposal for the worldwide web. I imagined the web as an open platform that would allow everyone, everywhere to share information, access opportunities, and collaborate across geographic and cultural boundaries. In many ways, the web has lived up to this vision, though it has been a recurring battle to keep it open. But over the past 12 months, I’ve become increasingly worried about three new trends, which I believe we must tackle in order for the web to fulfill its true potential as a tool that serves all of humanity.