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Sir Timothy Berners-Lee
Image: Silvio Tanaka (Wikipedia)

In the 1960s, the United States saw "universal networking as a potential unifying human revolution” and implemented a “highly robust and survivable” physical network based on packet switching. (Wikipedia) What it required for worldwide use was just one thing: a way for all its users to communicate. Twenty years ago today, Tim Berners-Lee taught the world to play www.

Sir Timothy Berners-Lee sees an exciting future for the Web, with the first 20 years being just the beginning.

“The Web is not all done, it’s just the tip of the iceberg,” Berners-Lee said. “I am convinced that the new changes are going to rock the world even more.”

He’s enthralled with the idea of “linked data,” in which chunks of data, not necessarily whole Web pages, can be linked and transformed by programs into graphs, spreadsheets and databases. He also imagined “ordinary people getting hold of government data — paid for by taxes — to improve websites,” Reuters said. . .

But speaking at CERN, Berners-Lee also warned Web users that tracking of their Website travels could allow governments and companies to create highly detailed portraits of their online lives, Reuters reports.

“That form of snooping I think is really important to avoid,” he told an anniversary celebration at CERN.

It sure is.

Congratulations to Tim Berners-Lee who created an amazing invention and has fought to protect the independence of internet users ever since.

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