Tim Berners-Lee in Madrid

Tim Berners-Lee in the WWW Conference being held in Madrid: ‘The Web 3.0 is the Web 2.0 without frontiers’

Tim Berners-Lee, one of the founding fathers of the Internet, does not like looking to the future without taking into account the past. In his opening speech to the 18th WWW World Conference in Madrid he clearly came out in favour of getting rid of the barriers which currently prevent a lot of people accessing certain areas of the web.

Berners-Lee also commented in his speech that the areas of the web which are fenced off are ‘a great temptation but are also enormously frustrating for users’. His speech took place following an official opening ceremony in which the Prince of Asturias, the Vice Chancellor of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and the Secretary of State for Telecommunications took part.

The inventor of HTML favours the creation of open social networks that improve the possibilities of users contributing to them.

Berners-Lee did not talk about how these sites should work but about the information that they should contain. Using this motive he said that he favoured ‘standards’ and that it was better to make information available rather than fence it off and in his opinion this included businesses.

Only 20% of the world’s population is connected to the World Wide Web and in many cases, often in the third world, the primary contact with the internet is through mobile telephones. This is why Berners-Lee believes that it is essential to ‘make the web more accessible to these devices’. He also said that access to the internet should not depend on commercial contracts.

Another of Berners-Lee’s ideas is that a modulable web page should be created. He said it was necessary to ‘design sites as if they were part of something bigger’.

He added that there were a lot of problems that such a system would face not least the existence of many different programming languages something which in his opinion javascript provided a solution but not always.

According to Berners-Lee ‘we need internet to be more collaborative and less static’. The type of web that Berners-Lee would like to see is one with well integrated information with simple programming language and one that is easy to operate. However, it is also clear to him that when this happens it will be necessary to have ‘a very efficient model to guarantee security’.

The WWW Conference in Madrid closes on Friday