Q&A with web inventor Timothy Berners-Lee: 25 years on, the Web still needs work.
The web is pretty great, much better than easily imagined alternatives. Three broad categories it could improve in:
- Universality. All humans should be able to access the web, and this should be taken to include being able to publish, collaborate, do business, and run software on the web, in any manner, in any language or other interface. Presently, billions aren’t on the net at all, activity outside of a handful of large services is very expensive (in money, expertise, or marketing), and machine translation and accessibility are very limited.
- Security. All of the above, securely, without having to understand anything technical about security, and with lots of technical and cultural guards against technical and non-technical attacks of all kinds.
- Resilience. All of the above, with minimal interruption and maximal recovery from disaster, from individual to planetary scale.
Three pet outcomes I wish for:
- Collective wisdom. The web helps make better decisions, at all scales.
- Commons dominance. Most top sites are free-as-in-freedom. Presently, only Wikipedia (#5) is.
- Freedom, equality, etc.
Two quotes from the Berners-Lee Q&A that are on the right track:
Getting a nice user interface to a secure system is the art of the century.
Copyright law is terrible.