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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, and
  • Why establishing a common direction with clear user rights is critical for the future of the web.

About the Speaker

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.



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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