Prepare for a revolution of the web, says Berners-Lee

World Wide Web 2006: Inventor of the web shares his vision for a web revolution and warns that areas could become closed of, while experts discuss the semantic web

The internet revolution has just begun, Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the web, told the World Wide Web Conference 2006 in Edinburgh last week.

About 1,500 industry leaders and academics gathered to discuss the way the web should develop. At the beginning of the conference Berners-Lee told delegates, “We are at the embryonic stages of the web. The web is going to be more revolutionary.”

He said, “There is a lot of change happening and a huge amount of change to come [on the web],” and highlighted the development of Google’s algorithm, web logs, wikis, and other innovations.

People are used to an open web, but there are challenges to this, said Berners-Lee. “The web has become a hugely commercial space, and right now in the US there is commercial pressure to try to legislate to get more control over what you see.”

In a keynote for the conference, David Brown, chairman of Motorola, described the potential of the mobile internet.

He said users’ perceptions of mobile technology was changing through the digitisation of everything, including bills, music, books, bank balances and television, which are all delivered, accessed and shared in the same way. “Intelligence is exploding out of the PC to become embedded everywhere.”

Brown said it was important that the mobile internet was based on standards and a business model based on value, rather than the standard IP model (network charges) or the standard cellular business model (call tariffs).

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