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