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This book is written to address the questions most people ask - From "What were you thinking when you invented it? It is not a technical book. If you want the technical details, check out the W3C web site! It does mention a little about how technologies you may have heard of - like XML - fit in to the past, present and future, but only in the course of charting the course for the Web from the initial dream - still largely unfulfilled - to the next technical and social revolution.
Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web, has been hailed by Time magazine as one of the greatest minds of this century.
His creation has already changed the way people do business, entertain themselves, exchange ideas, and socialize with one another. With new online businesses and communities forming every day, the full impact of Berners-Lee's grand scheme has yet to be fully known.
Berners-Lee's creation was fueled by a highly personal vision of the Web as a powerful force for social change and individual creativity. He has never profited personally from the Web but has devoted himself to its continued growth and health.
Now, this low-profile genius tells his own story of the Web's origins-from its revolutionary introduction and the creation of the now ubiquitous WWW and HTTP acronyms to how he sees the future development of this revolutionary medium. Berners-Lee offers insights to help readers understand the true nature of the Web, enabling them to use it to their fullest advantage.
He loosed it on the world.
And he more than anyone else has fought to keep it open, non-proprietary, and free It's hard to overstate the impact of the global system he created. It's almost Gutenbergian. He took a powerful communications system that only the elite could use and turned it into a mass medium.
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But that's not the issue here. The issue is one of trust management. It is how to design a system so that the user can recognize when a website that claims and seems to be their bank is not Some quite simple things can be done to foster trust.
In addition to having a little padlock to indicate a secure site, a browser could also display the name of the holder of the certificate. There are also more complex things to help the user to manage the trust on their system, telling the computer what information to trust.
We've been talking about these issues for a year or so and there are a number of challenges to be addressed relating to building the interface to all systems. When you're doing something in the physical world and the hairs on the back of your neck rise, this indicates that some part of your brain is making you suspicious.
But it's very difficult to write down what it is. We have to find a way of making it much more explicit so that the computer can help with it. You have described your role at W3C as "facilitator of consensus". How does the W3C reconcile the tensions between the open source focus of what you have described as "philosophical engineering" and the commercial interests of many of your members, and to what extent is software patenting a problem in development of the Web?
There are a number of tensions given the role of facilitating consensus, visualizing it, arriving at a common agreement despite people coming from different initial positions. Just talking about a problem when different participants have stakes in different outcomes gives rise to tensions.
But the consortium works in an area where there are innumerable win-win situations. There is, for example, a win-win situation in that a successful standard will typically create a large, new market. This means that everybody involved makes an effort, understanding that. In the early days of W3C when we were working on the P3P technology for privacy, a participant claimed to have patented part of the developing standard.
This was a real problem and discussions went to a very high level. It also forced W3C to take on the issue of patents and web standards, and we put together a working group with diverse representation to develop a policy — one that received public review throughout its development. As a result of this experience, W3C developed its innovative Royalty-Free Patent Policy to help ensure that core web standards can be implemented at no cost.
Although it took several years to develop, it was adopted in and is now well established and well respected. Large companies that you might have thought of in the past as being champions of IP did the maths and realized that it's very important to have royalty-free standards.
They could see what had happened to things that were not royalty-free: how these would take off as a very limited market; and how things which were more open were just much livelier, and a foundation for huge, new unexpected things to be built on top of them. That message has got across now so that the large companies very much understand this.
In fact they sometimes bring work to us at W3C, saying that they don't want to do it anywhere that doesn't have this policy, because they don't want to work on something and then find that it's not sufficiently open. So while there's always a possibility of some person trying to maintain that they invented the whole thing ten years ago, in practice the players who are in a position to take such a stand are generally involved in making the standards and sharing the IP.
So the patent policy has been a great success, even though every now and again we still meet problems that need addressing. A few companies had to do some soul-searching before adopting it and there are some companies that are still unhappy, but the vast majority of the companies that matter are very pleased with it.
You have emphasized that the Web is a social creation, its value deriving from the opportunities it presents to tap into and share knowledge and communicate freely across a common information space.
How are the social and business benefits of collaborative open source initiatives such as the Web reconciled? The open source world and the commercial world are both very important. They always have been and they have to co-exist; we need both.
When the Web started, of course, it was all open source.
There were no products and the response we got from a lot of commercial users was that they didn't really want to rely on something for which they couldn't pay for support. They'd use a browser when they could download one. So the starting of Netscape Communications was an important step then. When we look now to the Semantic Web there's a broad base of open source.
There's a set of start-ups, producing Semantic Web technology, and there are large companies that are used to handling data in large quantities and are now producing Semantic Web-based products and connecting their products to the Semantic Web.
Both are important and both will continue to be important. The open source side is extremely important for the creative, for the academic, for computer science and websites. As a discipline you need open source platforms on which people can test out and develop new ideas.
How close is your dream of "one Web for everyone, everywhere, on everything" to realization? The dream is not yet realized because we don't have a collaborative space. We're only starting to get our data on the Web and we have a very small proportion of people in the world connecting to the Internet.
There are many many ways in which we have a lot of work to do.
This interview previously appeared in the Emerald Now newsletter, October