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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Letting your data connect to other people's data is a bit about letting go in that sense. It is still not about giving to people data which they don't have a right to. It is about letting it be connected to data from peer sites. It is about letting it be joined to data from other applications.

Sites need to be able to interact in one single, universal space.

The internet explodes when somebody has the creativity to look at a piece of data that's put there for one reason and realise they can connect it with something else.

The trick ... is to make sure that each limited mechanical part of the Web, each application, is within itself composed of simple parts that will never get too powerful.

To a certain extent, we have a duty about the web which is greater than our duty about the brain, because with the brain we just analyze it, he said. But with the web, we actually get to engineer it. We can change it.

Whatever the device you use for getting your information out, it should be the same information.

But querying a database that gets linked so as to query the whole planet is very exciting.

I have built a moat around myself, along with ways over that moat so that people can ask questions.

If different cultures connect with each other, they are less likely to want to shoot each other.

It is about getting excited about connections, rather than nervous

Looking back for a moment, what is the web we celebrate this year? It is not the wires connecting our computers, tablets and televisions. Rather, it is the largest repository for information and knowledge the world has yet seen, and our most powerful communications tool. The web is now a public resource on which people, businesses, communities and governments depend. It is vital to democracy and now more critical to free expression than any other medium. It stores and allows us to share our ideas, music, images and cultures. It is an incredibly intimate reflection of our interests, priorities, disagreements and values. That makes the web worth protecting.

Software companies should take more responsibility for security holes, especially in browsers and e-mail clients. There are some straightforward things the industry should be doing right now to fix things, and I don't know why they haven't been done yet.

The internet ought to be like clay, rather than a sculpture that you observe from a distance.

The Web as I envisaged it, we have not seen it yet. The future is still so much bigger than the past.

Universality has been the key enabler of innovation on the Web and will continue to be so in the future.

What's very important from my point of view is that there is one web Anyone that tries to chop it into two will find that their piece looks very boring.

Celebrity damages private life.

I have several goals for the web of the next quarter century. Through them, I believe we can continue to advance our society and reduce some of the threats posed to and by a system capable of such reach and power.

If HTML and the Web made all the online documents look like one huge book, [the Semantic Web] will make all the data in the world look like one huge database.

It is the duty of a Webmaster to allocate URIs which you will be able to stand by in 2 years, in 20 years, in 200 years.

Making standards is hard work. It?s hard because it involves listening to other people and figuring out what they mean, which means figuring out where they are coming from, how they are using words, and so on. There is the age-old tradeoff for any group as to whether to zoom along happily, in relative isolation, putting off the day when they ask for reviews, or whether to get lots of people involved early on, so a wider community gets on board earlier, with all the time that costs. That's a trade-off which won't go away. The solutions tend to be different for each case, each working group. Some have lots of reviewers and some few, some have lots of time, some urgent deadlines. A particular case is HTML. HTML has the potential interest of millions of people: anyone who has designed a web page may have useful views on new HTML features. It is the earliest spec of W3C, a battleground of the browser wars, and now the most widespread spec.

Some people point out that the Web can be used for all the wrong things. For downloading pictures of horrible, gruesome, violent or obscene things, or ways of making bombs which terrorists could use. Other people say how their lives have been saved because they found out about the disease they had on the Web, and figured out how to cure it. I think the main thing to remember is that any really powerful thing can be used for good or evil. Dynamite can be used to build tunnels or to make missiles. Engines can be put in ambulances or tanks. Nuclear power can be used for bombs or for electrical power. So what is made of the Web is up to us. You, me, and everyone else. Here is my hope. The Web is a tool for communicating. With the Web, you can find out what other people mean. You can find out where they are coming from. The Web can help people understand each other. Think about most of the bad things that have happened between people in your life. Maybe most of them come down to one person not understanding another. Even wars. Let's use the web to create neat new exciting things. Let's use the Web to help people understand each other.

The Mobile Web Initiative is important - information must be made seamlessly available on any device.

The Web does not just connect machines, it connects people.

Unless we have an open, neutral Internet we can rely on without worrying about what?s happening at the back door, we can?t have open government, good democracy, good healthcare, connected communities and diversity of culture.

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