The Web: Future and Past
Without a doubt the world wide web has evolved tremendously over the past few years, however we must think about this from the start. Who created the world wide web and why? I believe that no one really questions how the web was created but just accepts it as how it is, however one cannot deny how powerful the world wide web has become. It has the power to connect, innovate and to inspire. It allows you to keep in contact with people around you such as friends, families and loved ones. It also has the power to let people express their opinions and ideas online. Before my knowledge of the internet and the web, I must admit I was very unfamiliar of the difference between what was the internet and what was the web, however I soon figured out that the internet is basically a combination of million and billions of computers connected through wires and cables unlike the web which is basically information on the internet.
What I found most interesting about the history of the web is the creator itself and that would be computer scientist Tim Burners- Lee, how did one man come up with such a brilliant idea and how did he conduct such a marvellous thought? It is unbelievable to think of how many web pages exist in today’s world when over twenty years ago there were none at all, I found this to be quite fascinating so I decided to dig a little deeper in which I found the first ever website created, It was created on August 6th 1991 by Tim Burners – Lee called “WorldWideWeb “which basically explained what the world wide web was and how it worked, below I have included a hyperlink to said first website (http://info.cern.ch/hypertext/WWW/TheProject.html). From viewing this website, I was quite taken aback as it looks nothing like the websites that we have today, there is no colour or fancy text however it is simple and very detailed with hyperlinks which I find to be quite impressive.
Although the world wide web is remarkably successful and comes many advantages as mentioned above, it also comes with its disadvantages, and one of those disadvantages is privacy and how that privacy is being abuse, we see this expressed in the article (An online Magna Carta: Berners-Lee calls for bill of rights for web, 12th March 2014) where we see Tim Burners- Lee highlights his frustration of trying to protect the web from attacks by governments and corporations. He believes that “an online “Magna Carta” is needed to protect and enshrine the independence of the medium he created and the rights of its users worldwide” and to be honest I couldn’t agree more, the web should be a place of freedom and should be open, I also found a very thought provoking video in which we see Tim-Berners Lee himself discuss his proposals for a more “open” and creative web titled “A Magna Carta for the web” filmed on March 2014 at TED2014, which I have attached below.
As I watched his speech there was one sentence that resonated with me and that was when Tim Berners-Lee asked the audience what kind of web do we want? Personally, I wish to have a web where everyone can express their ideas, thoughts and opinions without having to worry about censorship.
An online Magna Carta: Berners-Lee calls for bill of rights for web. Kiss, Jemima. Wednesday 12 March 2014. The gaurdian. (https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/mar/12/online-magna-carta-berners-lee-web)
“A Magna Carta for the web” filmed on March 2014 at TED2014 (https://www.ted.com/talks/tim_berners_lee_a_magna_carta_for_the_web)