World Wide Web creator (and Apple Mac user) Berners-Lee fears for Web’s future

“The British scientist who developed the World Wide Web warns that if left to develop unchecked, the internet could be consumed by ‘misinformation and undemocratic forces,” The Associated Press reports.

AP reports, “Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology scientist who is credited with creating the internet, said in an interview with the BBC today that the way the web is used should be examined by a broad spectrum of experts.”

“Berners-Lee wants to convene scientists from various disciplines – including biology, political science and sociology – to study the web and the way it affects society,” AP reports. “His comments came a day after an internet monitoring company announced that the number of websites had surpassed the 100 million mark. He first proposed the web while developing ways to control computers remotely at CERN, the Geneva-based European Organisation for Nuclear Research, in 1989.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Macaday” for the heads up.]

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47 Comments

  1. Yeah, this article needs to get its facts straight: Berners-Lee came up with the http spec, _not_ the internet, which has been around since the late 60s and DARPA-net. Oops!

    Still, the guy is very cool and very right that folks should at least take a look at where the ‘net is heading.

  2. The internets is an important tool for to help our children to readin’, and writin’.
    It makes ’em plenty smart.

    Like our troops. Plenty smart. And plenty brave. (Actual quote from my rally in Georgia yesterday, where we lied about John Kerry’s statement).

    See what my schoolin’ done for me?
    I got C’s. Done gone to Yale.

  3. You are a clueless git. Yes the internet is comprised of a web of cross-linked redundant networks so if one goes out the packets are automatically routed around it.
    We found out in Iraq just how resilient the system is in time of war (which was really not much of a surprise as it was originally for conceived and implemented as a Military/Contractor/Edu-research conduit by ARPA/DARPA.)
    What is it with you bush hating waco liberal leftists? Does you hatred require you to check your brains at the door? Let it go. Bush has already been elected twice and has nearly served his time as president (whether you liked it or not) Spewing your hatred everywhere does nothing. Focus your energy on something useful
    Oh, and check your facts before posting nonsense.

  4. “What is it with you bush hating waco liberal leftists? “

    Well, after eight years of rabid Clinton hating from the nutjob Right… we figured turnabout was fair play. As for the “hate,” well, we learned from the best: Coulter, Hannity, Rush, Savage, Ingraham, O’Reilly…

    BTW, Berners-Lee created the WWW on a Next computer, I think. Ol’ Stevie J. should be proud…

  5. No big surprise. These Macs are just overgrown NExT machines (or shrunken? Hmm.), so of course Sir Tim would keep on using one. The http spec was written on a NExT at CERN. It’s there in the CERN museum.

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