Sunday, March 16, 2014

As the World Wide Web turned 25 Years Old

Various U.S. government projects (1960s - 1980s) led to the creation of the Internet.  Then, on March 12, 1989, Tim Berners-Lee, while working at CERN, proposed a global hypertext based information system that was later called the“WorldWideWeb.”  On January 23, 1993, Marc Andreessen and others from the National Center for Supercomputer Applications (NCSA) introduced Mosaic, a graphical browser that increased the adoption of Web based applications. 

As the Web turned 25 last week, 
  • Tim Berners-Lee said, "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 governmentgood democracygood healthcareconnected communities and diversity of culture. It's not naive to think we can have that, but it is naive to think we can just sit back and get it." 
  • Masayoshi Son. SoftBank CEO and owner of Sprint, presenting to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce said, “I brought the network war and price war (to Japan). I'd like to bring that to the States … I would like to provide an alternative to the oligopolistic situation that two-thirds of American households can only get access to one or two providers. I'd like to be a third alternative with 10 times the speed and lower price." 
  • Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO said, "I've called President Obama to express my frustration over the damage the government is creating for all of our future. Unfortunately, it seems like it will take a very long time for true full reform … The US government should be the champion for the internet, not a threat. They need to be much more transparent about what they're doing, or otherwise people will believe the worst."

MY TAKE
  • The initial promise of the World Wide Web – to provide global access to textgraphicaudio and video content to support many academicresearchentertainmentpublishing and commerce activities – has clearly been achieved.  
  • Now, as the “Internet of Things” and the “Internet of Money” expand and reshape this global platform, technological innovation will likely create many new business and investment opportunities, while presenting new challenges for policy makers and regulators.

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