In his biography on the World Wide Consortium website, it says: “Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web in 1989. He founded and Directs the World Wide Consortium (W3C) the forum for technical development of the Web. He founded the Web Foundation whose mission is that the WWW serves Humanity, and co-founded the Open Data Institute in London. His research group at MIT’s Computer Science and AI Lab (“CSAIL”) plans to re-decentralize the Web. Tim spends a lot of time fighting for rights such as privacy, freedom and openness of the Web.”
Now THAT’S is a resume. Berners-Lee played a pivotal role in inventing a medium that, in the long run, will very likely have a greater effect on mankind than the development of the printing press—not to mention the fact that he played in equally important role in launching a multi-trillion dollar industry that employs many millions of people around the world.
So I was very interested to read that he and other top computer scientists are meeting in San Francisco June 8th and 9th for a Decentralized Web Summit—the call to action of which is, “The current Web is not private or censorship-free. It lacks a memory, a way to preserve our culture’s digital record through time. The Decentralized Web aims to make the Web open, secure and free of censorship by distributing data, processing, and hosting across millions of computers around the world, with no centralized control.” And the purpose of which, is to “lock the Web open for good.”
It’s difficult to believe this critical, foundational discussion, has made nary a peep in the mainstream media.