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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

The web turns 30: from proposal to pervasion | ComputerWeekly.com

Cliff Saran, managing editor (technology) on Computer Weekly magazine writes, The web is celebrating its 30th anniversary, but can it remain true to its founder’s vision?

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Today at CERN, home of the Large Hadron Collider, Tim Berners-Lee is celebrating the invention of the World Wide Web,

In an open letter published on the World Wide Web Foundation, the web’s founder urged citizens, governments and organisations to come together to create a contract for the web to enable it to remain a force for good.

Thirty years ago, while working at CERN, Berners-Lee identified a major problem with keeping track of scientific knowledge, given the large numbers of researchers who spent time at the research facility.

“A problem, however, is the high turnover of people. When two years is a typical length of stay, information is constantly being lost. The introduction of the new people demands a fair amount of their time, and that of others, before they have any idea of what goes on,” he wrote. “The technical details of past projects are sometimes lost forever, or only recovered after a detective investigation in an emergency. Often, the information has been recorded, it just cannot be found.”...

As Computer Weekly has previously reported, Facebook, YouTube, et al, have taken the original premise of the web and democratised information sharing to the point where anybody can post an update, image or video, anywhere and at any time. Anyone can receive this post, no matter how irrelevant or inappropriate it is.
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Source: ComputerWeekly.com -TechTarget