Tim Berners-Lee, fully Sir Timothy John "Tim" Berners-Lee

Berners-Lee, fully Sir Timothy John "Tim" Berners-Lee

English Computer Scientist, Inventor of the World Wide Web in 1989, Director of the World Wide Web Consortium

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A lot of information is already public, so one of the simple things to do in building the new Web of data is to start with that information. And recently, I?ve been working with both the U.K. government and the U.S. government in trying not only to get more information on the Web, but also to make it linked data. But it?s also very important that systems are aware of the social aspects of data. And it?s not just access control, because an authorized user can still use the right data for the wrong purpose. So we need to focus on what are the purposes for accessing different kinds of data, and for that we?ve been looking at accountable systems.

Compared even to the development of the phone or TV, the Web developed very quickly.

I have worries about the Web, about the Internet, about any one, large party getting to control it. Because if you can control the Internet, if you can control the Web, if you can control what somebody sees, make it much easier to get into the website of one political party rather than another one, make it difficult for them to look at sites which are the wrong side from your point of view, then that's a very, very powerful tool.

If I had taken a proprietary control of the Web, then it would never have taken off. People only committed their time to it because they knew it was open, shared: that they could help decide what would happen to it next... and I wouldn't be raking off 10%!

IT professionals have a responsibility to understand the use of standards and the importance of making Web applications that work with any kind of device.

Most larger companies now see that for the market to grow, Web infrastructure must be royalty-free.

Tech anniversaries are also a reminder to take note of how our own expectations have changed.

The most important thing that was new was the idea of URI-or URL, that any piece of information anywhere should have an identifier, which will allow you to get hold of it.

The web is more a social creation than a technical one. I designed it for a social effect to help people work together and not as a technical toy. The ultimate goal of the Web is to support and improve our web-like existence in the world. We clump into families, associations, and companies. We develop trust across the miles and distrust around the corner.

We can't blame the technology when we make mistakes.

When I invented the web, I didn't have to ask anyone's permission. Now, hundreds of millions of people are using it freely. I am worried that that is going end in the USA? Democracy depends on freedom of speech. Freedom of connection, with any application, to any party, is the fundamental social basis of the Internet, and, now, the society based on it.

A related danger is that one social-networking site ? or one search engine or one browser ? gets so big that it becomes a monopoly, which tends to limit innovation. As has been the case since the Web began, continued grassroots innovation may be the best check and balance against any one company or government that tries to undermine universality.

Computers might not find the solutions to our problems, but they would be able to do the bulk of the legwork required, assist our human minds in intuitively finding ways through the maze.

I hope we will use the Net to cross barriers and connect cultures.

If you are not on the web, you will have problems accessing services.

It was never clear that it wouldn't just stop (the WWW). Any time during that exponential growth, it could have stalled. I think we were never very confident until 1993.

My own personal preference is that the consumer, the individual person should be protected because individual people and the difference between individual people and the diversity we have between people on the planet is so important.

Technology innovation is starting to explode and having open-source material out there really helps this explosion. You get students and researchers involved and you get people coming through and building start-ups based on open source products.

The original idea of the web was that it should be a collaborative space where you can communicate through sharing information.

The Web is now philosophical engineering. Physics and the Web are both about the relationship between the small and the large.

We could say we want the Web to reflect a vision of the world where everything is done democratically, where we have an informed electorate and accountable officials. To do that we get computers to talk with each other in such a way as to promote that ideal.

When it comes to professionalism, it makes sense to talk about being professional in IT. Standards are vital so that IT professionals can provide systems that last.

A 'Semantic Web,' which should make this possible, has yet to emerge, but when it does, the day-to-day mechanisms of trade, bureaucracy and our daily lives will be handled by machines talking to machine, leaving humans to provide the inspiration and intuition.

Cool URIs don't change.

I invented the Web just because I needed it, really, because it was so frustrating that it didn't exit.

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English Computer Scientist, Inventor of the World Wide Web in 1989, Director of the World Wide Web Consortium