Tim Berners-Lee, the man how invited the language of the Web, has more thoughts on what the future of the Internet would be. Here, he postulates two issues: 1) Facebook & Apple may threaten the future of the Web, and 2) Building a web for open, linked data.
ISSUE #1: Facebook & Apple may threaten the future of the Web
In an interview with The Guardian, Tim Berners-Lee fears that Apple and Facebook may pose a threat to the freedom of the Internet which we have enjoyed in the past 20 years.
He targeted Apple’s restrictive ecosystem of application and its exclusivity agreement granted to its devices. Time Berners-Lee felt that one should be able to make independent choices based on what he or she likes instead of letting the organization make the decision for him or her.
Instead, he favors web applications, which are relatively more open as they are accessible via any browser.
The Web is a place for information sharing, and only information shared from web applications will not be excluded.
The problem with Facebook, Tim Berners-Lee argued, was its irresponsibility with user information. This irresponsibility derives from Facebook not sharing the data it collected with its respective users.
Berners-Lee fears that “closed world” applications released by Apple, which cannot be indexed by web search engines, threaten the openness and universality that the architects of the web saw as central to its design.
Besides consumer products, however, Berners-Lee believes that Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, a proposed US billthat would increase the government’s ability to enforce patnets and copyright, may threaten the fundamentals of which the Internet is built – openness and universality.
ISSUE #2: Building a web for open, linked data
Tim-Berners Lee’s next project focuses on creating a web for open, linked data that could do for numbers what the Web did for words, pictures, video: unlock our data and reframe the way we use it together. An elaboration of his ideas can be seen from the video below: