12 March 2014

The Web at 25

The World Wide Web is 25 years old today.

The Web is a big deal (as is the Internet on which it is built), I don’t need to tell you! But I did have a few thoughts, solicited by a friend who asked “where [do] you think the future of the Internet will take us in the next 25 years?”

My answer: 25 years is a long time. I expect some big changes (computers inside us monitoring body functions), while other things stay remarkably unchanged (no flying cars).

Even now people remark on how much more personal or intimate a smartphone is than a PC (that image still makes me laugh). Think about this when the Internet includes not just your house and most physical artifacts worth hooking up, but yourself.

In such a world, open systems built on open standards and open source are even more important, for all of these reasons:

  • interoperation among implementations;
  • freedom to migrate among different vendors’ systems;
  • ability to mix-and-match, hyperlink/transclude, copy-learn-and-hack, and monitor/audit against mistakes, malware, and surveillance.

We have more work to do. Let’s go.

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10 Responses to “The Web at 25”

  1. […] Click here for predictions for the Internet in the next 25 years from Mozilla CTO and SVP of Engineering, Brendan Eich: https://brendaneich.com/2014/03/the-web-at-25/ […]

  2. […] Click below for predictions for the Internet in the next 25 years from Mozilla CTO and SVP of Engineering, Brendan Eich: https://brendaneich.com/2014/03/the-web-at-25/ […]

  3. manuel says:

    These are valuable comments for open web advocates. Also see @timbray post ft. Mozilla, it was moving for me. https://tbray.org/ongoing/When/201x/2014/03/11/The-Web-is-25

  4. […] ps: Also, check out these birthday wishes for the web from Mozilla’s Mitchell Baker and Brendan Eich. […]

  5. […] ps: Also, check out these birthday wishes for the web from Mozilla’s Mitchell Baker and Brendan Eich. […]

  6. […] Click below for thoughts from Mozilla CTO and SVP of Engineering, Brendan Eich on the 25th birthday: https://brendaneich.com/2014/03/the-web-at-25/ […]

  7. […] 你也可點擊下列連結,看看 Mozilla 工程團隊首席技術長與資深副總裁 Brendan Eich 對 Web 二十五歲生日的感言: https://brendaneich.com/2014/03/the-web-at-25/ […]

  8. […] 同場加映:Mozilla 工程團隊首席技術長與資深副總裁 Brendan Eich 對 Web 25歲生日的感言:25歲的全球資訊網。 […]

  9. Ankit Gadgil says:

    Join all the Mozillians and Netizens in wishing the WEB “HAPPY 25th B’day” https://mozilla.makes.org/thimble/web-we-want-quilt_

  10. […] It’s fantastic to see how Mozilla and the Web’s inventor still share so much in terms of vision after all these years. To learn more, I encourage you to read Mitchell Baker’s blog post on 25 years of Web and Brendan Eich’s thinking on the next 25 years. […]