Summary of A Magna Carta for the Web

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How does the father of the World Wide Web envision its future?

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In 2014, the World Wide Web celebrated its 25th birthday. To mark the occasion, computer scientist and father of the web, Tim Berners-Lee, took to the TED stage to elucidate the web’s achievements as well as its perils and shortcomings. Though Berners-Lee appears uncomfortable on stage, the nervous delivery of his oration doesn’t undercut the gravity of his words. He appeals to the public to help crowdsource a bill of rights for the web to protect Internet users’ privacy and access to information. getAbstract recommends Berners-Lee’s stark assessment to policy makers and anyone concerned with safeguarding their rights online.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What the World Wide Web has achieved since its inception
  • How to expand greater global access to the web
  • Why establishing a common direction with clear user rights is critical for the future of the web
 

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In 1989, Tim Berners-Lee, then working at CERN, wrote the code that created the World Wide Web. He worked on his idea as a “side project,” but with much persuasion and collaboration, Berners-Lee and his colleagues managed to make the network function. Since its inception, the web’s popularity has skyrocketed...
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Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web in 1989. He is director of the World Wide Web Consortium, which maintains standards for the web and continues to refine its design.


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